KONYA, Turkey – President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the people of Pakistan have great love for the people of Konya and keep Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi in great reverence.
He said that spiritual message of Maulana Rumi had served to unite humanity from all religions and all walks of life. During his official visit to Turkey, President Mamnoon especially visited Konya.
He was extended warm welcome by Konya Governor Muammer Erol, Mayor Tahir Akyurek, and other senior officials at the airport. During his meeting with the governor, the president reiterated that it was the need of the hour to put aside differences and celebrate commonalities.
“Our national poet Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal was the spiritual disciple of Maulana Rumi. Iqbal’s thought for Pakistan and the people of Pakistan has been inspired by Rumi’s message of love and self-individuation,” he said.
The governor said that the people of Konya had also great love for the people of Pakistan and greatly valued their support for the Turkish war of independence. To pay homage to the great Sufi saint, the president and his delegation visited the mausoleum of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi.
Mamnoon also visited the shrine of Shams Tabrizi who was the teacher of Maulana Rumi. The president mixed with the local people. Later, the president was presented a guard of honour upon his departure for Pakistan.