ANKARA: 30 March 2015:   In connection with Pakistan Day celebrations, a day long Pakistan Culture Day featuring cultural performances including national songs, establishment of stalls displaying Pakistan culture and handicrafts, and a fashion show was organized in Ankara over the weekend. Pakistani students studying in various Turkish universities together with the Urdu Language Society of Turkey, Society for Intercultural Research and Friendship (SIRF), and the Embassy of Pakistan Ankara organized the event.

Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Sohail Mahmood, Head of Turkey-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in Turkish Parliament Mr. Burhan Kayaturk, Chairman of Urdu Language Society Dr. Furqan Hameed and President SIRF Mr. Nazmi Kumral inaugurated the Culture Day proceedings. A large number of Pakistani, Turkish and international students, and members of Pakistan community attended the event.

Lauding the excellent performance of Pakistani students during the Culture Day activities, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood highlighted the vital role of the youth in Pakistan’s development as well as positive projection of the country worldwide. He added that Pakistani students are the true ambassadors with a vital role in further promoting Turkey-Pakistan friendship and cooperation. Referring to the centuries-old Pakistan-Turkey relations, he said these excellent brotherly ties are being reinforced with a strong economic partnership. In this context he highlighted the decision by the two sides to enhance bilateral trade and work on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Mr. Burhan Kayaturk said the students are a real bridge between the two countries. He assured every possible support to the students in organizing such events in future. Mr. Nazmi Kumral in his address informed the audience about SIRF’s role in promoting harmony between various cultures. In this context, he also highlighted ongoing collaboration with Pakistani students in Turkey.

Pakistani and Turkish students jointly presented a fashion show which was appreciated by the audience. Visitors also appreciated Pakistani Hena stall where expert Pakistani students applied best hena designs. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Food Festival, organized by the Embassy at Swissotel, is continuing until 31st March 2015.

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