Turks appreciate rich Pakistani culture showcased in Ankara

APP57-18 ANKARA: June 18 – Mayor Mustafa Ak Ambassador Sohail Mahmood and MP Burhan Kayaturk inaugurating Pakistan Pavilion. APP

ISLAMABAD, June 18, (APP): Thousands attended an enthralling
performance of Pakistani culture at Kecioren, Ankara, during the
celebration of ‘Pakistan Night’ as part of the 8th International
Ramazan Festivities, hosted by the Municipality of Kecioren.
According to a message recieved here, President of Pakistan-Turkey
Cultural Association and Member Parliament Burhan Kayatürk, Ambassador
of Pakistan Sohail Mahmood, Kecioren Municipality Mayor Mustafa Ak,
Director General of South Asia in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Turkey Fazli Corman and other dignitaries jointly cut the ribbon to
open the Pakistan House (Pavilion) as part of the festivities.
A broad range of Pakistani products, including colourful textiles,
traditional handicrafts, truck art, coffee table books, photographic
display of Pakistan’s natural beauty and key events of Turkey-Pakistan relations, and tourism materials were on display at the Pakistan House.
Ambassador Sohail Mahmood, in his address, reiterated solidarity
with Turkey in the wake of July 15 heinous coup attempt and prayed for
the departed souls who made the ultimate sacrifice. The martyrs included many belonging to Keçiören as well.
He also paid rich tribute to Mayor Mustafa Ak for regularly organizing
the Ramazan Istanbul Festivities that helped introduce diverse cultures to the people of Kecioren.
Highlighting the special and abiding nature of Pakistan-Turkey
relations, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood urged the younger generation to further promote this fraternal relationship nurtured by their ancestors over centuries.
Both the countries were also organizing a series of events to
celebrate 2017 as “70th Year of Pakistan-Turkey Diplomatic Relations,”
he added.
It may be recalled that, in a special gesture, Kecioren Municipality
had planted 140 trees at the AK Party Memorial Forest in January 2015 in memory of the Shaheeds of Army Public School, Peshawar.
Ambassador Sohail Mahmood, once again, thanked the people of Kecioren for this exemplary solidarity.
Mayor Mustafa Ak said,”Pakistan is Turkey and Turkey is Pakistan as
both countries have a special relationship,” rooted deep in history.
Expressing his delight at Pakistan’s participation for the third
time in the Ramazan Festivities, he said that such participation provided
an opportunity to the people of Turkey to know more about the Pakistani culture.
He informed that the representatives of 17 countries from different
regions of the world participated in the Festival this year.
Parliamentarian Burhan Kayaturk, in his remarks, highlighted the
cultural links and shared history between Turkey and Pakistan and particularly the support extended by the forefathers of the people of Pakistan during the Turkish War of Independence.
He called for further strengthening cultural ties between the two
countries. Burhan Kayatürk also appreciated the quality of education at Pakistan Embassy School Ankara and termed it as one of the best
educational institutions.
Later, students from Pakistan Embassy School, and Pakistani students
at various Turkish universities, presented a vibrant cultural show. The performances portrayed multiple dimensions of the rich and diverse culture of Pakistan. A particular attraction at Pakistan Pavilion was the Beetle car, with unique truck art of Pakistan, with which visitors of all ages enthusiastically took photographs. Female visitors also availed themselves of the free henna (mehandi) offered at Pakistan Pavilion.