KONYA, 28 March 2017: Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who is currently visiting Turkey along with a Parliamentary delegation visited Konya today. The Pakistan Parliamentary delegation consisted of Members National Assembly Mr. Muhammad Parvez Malik, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Ms. Seema Mohiuddeen Jameeli, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Shaista Pervez Malik, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, and Sheikh Salahuddin. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Mr. Sohail Mahmood also accompanied the delegation.
Governor Konya Mr. Yakup Janpolat received Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and exchanged views on promoting Pakistan-Turkey ties. Special emphasis was laid on enhancing economic collaboration with the province of Konya, which excels in agricultural production, agricultural machinery, food processing, and defence industry.
Speaker signed the Honor Book in the Governorship. During interaction with the local media, he remarked that brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey are of special nature. He said Pakistan-Turkey Friendship Group is the largest parliamentary group in Pakistan Parliament and the group is working hard to further develop brotherly ties between the two countries. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq said that Konya has a special place in the hearts of all Pakistanis because of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, a great sufi saint of the Muslim world, who was also considered as spiritual master of Pakistan’s national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Governor Konya later hosted a luncheon in honor of the visiting delegation.
Earlier, AK Party Member of Parliament from Konya, Ms Hüsnüye Erdoğan and Deputy Governor Konya welcomed Pakistan delegation at Konya train station. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and accompanying delegation visited the museum and tomb of great sufi saint Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. He offered prayers. They later witnessed special ‘Sema Ceremony’ which was performed inside the museum. Pakistan delegation visited the symbolic grave-stone of Allama Muhammad Iqbal in the compound of Jalaluddin Rumi’s mausoleum. It may be mentioned that Konya is also sister city of Multan.