ANKARA – Prime Minister Imran Khan and his delegation today visited the mausoleum of Sufi saint of the Muslim world Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi and paid homage to him.
He laid floral wreath on the mausoleum and also offered fateha.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan was warmly received by Governor Konya Mr Cüneyit (Junaid) Orhan Toprak, Deputy Mayor Mithat Buyukalim, Ambassador of Pakistan Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi, Garrison Commander and senior Turkish officials at the Konya airport.
In his brief meeting with the Governor Konya, Imran Khan said the people of Pakistan have great love for the people of Konya and hold Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi in great reverence. He said the spiritual message of Maulana Rumi has served to unite humanity from all religions and all walks of life.
The Prime Minister said the national poet of Pakistan Allama Muhammad Iqbal was the spiritual disciple of Maulana Rumi. He said Iqbal’s philosophy has been inspired by Rumi’s message of love and self-individuation.
The Prime Minister said we take pride in our exemplary brotherly relations with Turkey. He said efforts are being made to take this relationship to newer heights.
He also visited the symbolic grave of Allama Muhammad Iqbal located in Maulana Rumi’s graveyard and he mixed with the local people.
Later in the evening, the Prime Minister will address leading Turkish businessmen at an event organized by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) in Ankara.
Like FPCCI of Pakistan, TOBB is the highest entity in Turkey representing the private sector having 365 member associations from local chambers of commerce and industry.
The Prime Minister is visiting Turkey at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
He was accompanied by a high-level delegation including Foreign Affairs Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Planning Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfikar Bukhari.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also met Pakistani students studying in Turkish universities in Konya.