ANKARA, 27 May 2011:  In order to promote an understanding between Turkey and Pakistan, the Embassy of Pakistan in Turkey in collaboration with National Education Directorate of Turkey organized an art competition titled “Chughtai Art Award,” named after renowned Pakistani artist Abdul Rahman Chughtai. High school students of the 25 districts of Ankara Province participated in the competition. Depicting students’ ideas about Pakistan and Turkey, a total of 66 paintings were shortlisted for consideration of the jury, who selected 9 paintings for prizes in three categories. A painting made by Mr. Ibrahim Ozsozgun of Ankara Guzel Sanatlar Lisesi won the first prize. Speaking at an Exhibition and Prize Distribution Ceremony here at Ankara, Pakistan’s Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Moin ul Haque said the affection and care of the peoples of our two countries has no match around the world. “Our confidence grows when we see such display of solidarity, love and support of our Turkish brethren,” said Mr. Haque. He lauded the spirit and zeal of the students and teachers who organized the event. “Chughtai Art Award shall now be an annual feature in Turkey and the event shall be held on 23rd March, which is also Pakistan’s National Day, he announced.

Photo caption: A group photo of prize winners of “Chughtai Art Award” with Mrs Naila Azizuddin, wife of Pakistan’s Ambassador, Mr. Moin-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s Deputy Head of Mission, and officials of the National Education Directorate of Turkey at Ankara, 27 May 2011