Turkey, Pakistan sign healthcare deal
Senior Pakistani official confirms that countries will operate 'comprehensive' health management agreement
Turkey and Pakistan have signed a new deal on healthcare cooperation.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Friday, Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif confirmed the two countries would share knowledge, personnel and expertise.
“We have signed a very comprehensive agreement aiming at improving health facilities such as health management, service of patients, procurement of medicine, drop-testing labs, training nurses etc.,” Sharif said.
Sharif also commented on Turkey-Pakistan relations, saying: “We have a bright and secure future.”
“We were the first nation in the world to issue condemnation over the [July 15] coup attempt,” he added.
Regarding Gulen-linked schools in Pakistan, Sharif said: “When [Turkey’s] AK Party parted ways from the Gulenists, we stopped further expansion of the schools in Punjab. In fact, we cancelled a couple of permissions for them to establish a university. All [Gulen] schools are taken away from Punjab,” he said.
“Nothing can be supported in Pakistan [which is] against Turkey. Turkey’s enemies are our enemies,” he added.
Turkey has also been helping Pakistan train its special forces to combat terrorism. Sharif confirmed that Turkish police train counter-terrorism and Dolphin Force police teams in Punjab.
Sharif is scheduled to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Istanbul on Saturday.