President confers NI on Commander of Turkish Armed Forces

ISLAMABAD, Sep 21 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on
Wednesday conferred the award of Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) on General Salih Zeki Colak, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces at a special investiture ceremony here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The President decorated General Salih Zeki Colak, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces in recognition of his outstanding services and contributions in strengthening relations between the Armed forces of Pakistan and Turkey and for enhancing strategic cooperation between the two countries.

The special investiture ceremony was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Secretary Defence, ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan and high officials.

President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan and Turkey enjoy close and brotherly relations which were growing stronger by each passing day.

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The President reiterated Pakistan’s strong desire to further strengthen its partnership with Turkey in defence sector.

General Salih Zeki Colak, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces said strong brotherly relations between Turkey and Pakistan were rooted in history and said the people of Turkey and their coming generations would always fondly cherish the help extended by the Muslims of the subcontinent during the Turkish war of independence.

General Colak thanked the President and the government of Pakistan for the award and hoped that bilateral relations between the two countries would rise to new heights in future and both countries would collectively overcome the common problems of terrorism, refugees and border security.

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