ISLAMABAD:(APS)March 29, 2017- Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who is currently visiting Turkey along with a Parliamentary delegation, visited Konya today. According to the message received from Konya, Turkey; 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.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq signed the Honor Book placed in the Governor House. 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.
The Speaker said that Konya has a special place in the hearts of all Pakistanis because of Maulana 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 Maulana 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.