Pakistan, Turkey share pride of upholding ballot box’s sanctity: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said that Pakistan and Turkey share common history of a successful struggle for bringing their democracies back on track.

“This is the best course now that we have adopted – we should be proud that it [Turkey] is upholding the sanctity of ballot box and so is Pakistan,” the Prime Minister said in an interview with Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) Network in Ankara during his three-day official visit to Turkey.

Nawaz Sharif complimented Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for strengthening democratic institutions in their country and for taking very strong initiatives for economic development. The Prime Minister said he had come to Turkey with a “big agenda” mainly focusing on forging ties in different fields.

He invited Turkish businessmen to visit Pakistan and invest in multiple sectors particularly energy and housing.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan was interested in learning from Turkey, the way it constructed houses for lower, middle and upper classes of society.
He mentioned his meeting with Turkish housing investors in Pakistan thrice and said this area had the vast potential for investment for the growing population of 180 million.
He said Pakistan would also be happy to undertake investments with Turkey in joint manufacturing of helicopters.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan wanted good relations with its neighbours including India and Afghanistan.

He mentioned that the country suffered badly at the hands of terrorism with 40,000 casualties including military personnel, police officers and innocent civilians.
He termed peaceful environment important in order to achieve economic goals.
He recalled his economic agenda as prime minister back in 1991 which he said led to the highest eight percent GDP.

Nawaz Sharif said his strong measures including privatization and denationalization of different institutions that were running in loss at that time, turned these into profit-earning entities.