In his speech as guest of honour, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed lauded the leadership qualities of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk and said that the solidarity and support shown by Indian Muslims with Turkey then, remains the basis for todays’s special relationship between the two countries. Indian Muslims not only volunteered to fight or Turkey but also sent medical missions and raised funding and among those who were inspired by Modern Turkey were the founding fathers of Pakistan including Allama Iqbal and the Quaid-i-Azam. Senator Mushahid Hussain said that the Quaid-i-Azam was a great admirer of Ataturk and he considered him a role model for Muslims as not only a great Turkish leader but the Quaid-i-Azam considered Ataturk as ‘one of the greatest sons of Islam and world figure, and savior and maker of modern Turkey’.
Senator Mushahid Hussain, who is also Secretary General of Pakistan Muslim League, also provided details about Pakistan’s support for oppressed Muslims starting with the freedom struggle of Algeria and Tunisia in the 1950s, Pakistan’s participation in the October 1973 Arab-Israel war in support of Egypt and Syria, Pakistan’s support for Palestine, Afghanistan, Kibris and Pakistan’s distinction of being the first country to provide material and moral support to the freedom struggle of the Bosnian Muslims.
The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Rashad Mahmood and the Turkish Ambassador, H.E. Babur Girgin also addressed on the occasion. The latter impressed the audience with his comments in Urdu since he spoke in flawless Urdu. The simple but impressive function concluded with special prayers for the Shuhada of Turkey as well as the Indian Muslims who were martyred in the warm.