Paying tribute to the armed forces and martyrs who helped the country attain peace, President Dr Arif Alvi has said Pakistan has been saved from terrorism, which has deeply hurt other Muslim countries like Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen.
“Pakistan has been saved and I am proud of the nation,” Dr Alvi said while speaking at the launching ceremony of 16th My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony Exhibition 2019 to be held next year in Karachi.
Talking about his recent visit to Turkey, Alvi said that Ankara holds Pakistan in high regard but the trade between the two countries has reduced from $1 billion to $600 million and the warm feelings between the two nations have not been translating into economic goals.
He said despite seven meetings for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), progress has not been made as Turkey wants to protect its textile sector, which has kept it from striking a deal.
“Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan has, however, told his finance minister ‘enough is enough’ and has asked him to find a way to increase bilateral trade with Pakistan,” he added.