The cooperation between Türkiye and Pakistan in the field of defense is exemplary and will continue to grow and develop in the future, Pakistan's Ambassador to Ankara Yousaf Junaid said, Anadolu Agency reported.
Pakistan's 76th independence anniversary was celebrated with a ceremony at the Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara. The ceremony started with the raising of the Pakistani flag by Ambassador Junaid and was attended by many guests.
In his speech at the ceremony, Junaid reminded that Pakistan gained its independence 76 years ago today and stated that the country had to struggle with many problems such as a low literacy rate and financial difficulties in its early years.
Emphasizing that for a nation to march into the future, it must have a high level of prosperity and develop both economically and militarily, Junaid said that Pakistan is the only Muslim country with nuclear capability and that this nuclear capability is designed for peaceful purposes.
Ambassador Junaid said that principles such as equality, sovereignty, and peaceful coexistence have been the foundations of Pakistan's foreign policy since its establishment.
Referring to the historical process of the Kashmir issue, Junaid stated that the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) resolution on the future of Kashmir to be determined by referendum was not accepted by India.
Junaid highlighted that the Kashmir issue remains unresolved due to India's refusal to accept the UNSC resolution.
"It is a painful problem and needs to be resolved," he said, "because it is no longer a territorial issue and is turning into a humanitarian tragedy."
Referring to the history of friendship between Türkiye and Pakistan, the ambassador said that the brotherhood between the two countries goes back many years.
"Why we love each other (Turkish people and Pakistani people) is something that many people don't understand, but we love each other,” he added.
He emphasized that the two countries have always stood by each other in difficult times such as earthquakes and natural disasters.
"Türkiye has supported Pakistan in every possible way. The 1965 and 1971 wars, the Muzaffarabad earthquake (2005), and the floods last year and in 2014. Pakistan has also stood by Türkiye no matter how difficult the circumstances. Be it Cyprus (Peace Operation), the Golcuk earthquake, or this year's devastating earthquake. We were always there for each other,” he noted.
Junaid said that the relations between the two countries have strong ties that transcend the boundaries of time and that the peoples of the two countries always think of each other as brothers.
Source: Anadolu Agency