Afridi arrives in Turkey

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – February 20, 2019
ISTANBUL (Turkey): Interior minister Shehryar Afridi was received by Turkish interior minister Süleyman Soylu and ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi on Tuesday at Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Afridi is leading Pakistan delegation to the 6th ministerial conference of the Budapest process (BP) being held from 19-21 February in Istanbul.

According to an official statement, the aim of this initiative is to promote safe and regular migration. Both counterparts had a brief meeting during which the special nature of Pakistan-Turkey relations was emphasised.

It was noted that bilateral cooperation was flourishing in the political, economic, investment, defence, education and cultural spheres. Matters of mutual interest including sharing experience in the fight against terrorism, countering money laundering, curbing illegal migration, etc, were discussed.

Afridi lauded Turkey’s excellent arrangements for hosting millions of Syrian refugees.

Later, Afridi made a surprise visit to Pakistan consulate general in Istanbul. He showed satisfaction at various services offered by the consulate including visa facilitation, passports, etc.

He mingled with Pakistanis visiting the consulate for various consular matters. Pakistan consul general Bilal Khan Pasha briefed the interior minister on the issues faced by Pakistanis in Turkey.

Afridi also called on president of Turkish religious affairs Ali Erba. Both sides discussed collaboration in reform of religious education system.

Interior minister showed keen desire to learn from the Turkish Imam Hatip school system. The Turkish model of Imam Hatip school is fusion of Islamic and modern education as it contains as much arts and science classes as normal high schools.