Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Mr. Bülent Arınç visited Embassy of Pakistan Ankara on 18 December to express condolences on behalf the Turkish Government. He said that in this hour of grief, the whole Turkish nation was firmly standing alongside their Pakistani brethren. He recalled that the Turkish leadership including the President, the Prime Minister and Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly have all separately telephoned the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Mr. Bülent Arınç also signed the condolence book. He said Turkey and Turkish government always stand by Pakistan and the brotherly people of Pakistan. For showing our solidarity and sharing our good friend Pakistan’s suffering, our government declared a day of national mourning on 17 December and Turkish flag flew at half-mast, he added.