ANKARA: 23 March 2018: The National Day of Pakistan was celebrated in Ankara at an impressive ceremony at Pakistan Embassy in Ankara today. The Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey, Mr. Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi, raised the Pakistan flag to the tune of the National Anthem in presence of the Pakistani community, Pakistani students studying in Turkish Universities and Embassy officials and their families.
The messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out on the occasion. Students of Pakistan Embassy School (PEISG) in Ankara presented national songs.
Flanked by Pakistan children, Ambassador Syrus Qazi and his spouse Mrs. Shaza Syrus cut a cake to mark Pakistan Day.
Earlier in the day, T-129 ATAK helicopters of Turkish Armed Forces presented excellent performance during the “Pakistan Day” parade in Islamabad. Similarly, all the bridges of Istanbul on the Bosphorus linking Asia with Europe would be illuminated in Pakistan flag colours this evening.
Meanwhile, President of Pakistan has conferred Pakistan’s prestigious civil award “Tamgha-e-Imtiaz” upon Prof. Dr. Oya Akgönenç, a noted Turkish academician and former parliamentarian, in recognition of her services for further promoting Pakistan-Turkey relations.