Ilnur Cevik, Chief Advisor to the President of Turkey, drew wide applause as he began his speech by quoting ‘jeevay jeevay Pakistan.’ Conveying the greetings of the President of Turkey, he said that Pakistan and Turkey share special ties that are based on brotherly relations rather than on any strategic interests. The respected guest said that the survival of democracy is essential for progress and the people of Turkey have just foiled an attempt to derail democracy.
He said that historically, we are living in a phase where Islam is facing unprecedented attack. All of us must come together to counter it. He said that if we don’t have peace and stability, there can be no business development. At present, 100+ Turkish companies are operating in Pakistan and it would be in the best interests of both countries to help out each other by enhancing this economic co-operation.