The Pakistan Day was also celebrated in Ankara at an impressive ceremony at Pakistan Embassy in Ankara on Thursday.
Pakistan`s Ambassador to Turkey Sohail Mahmood, raised the Pakistan flag on 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 in Ankara presented national songs.
In his remarks on the occasion, the Ambassador said 23rd March was an important milestone in the historical struggle of the Muslims of South Asia when our forefathers made the historic decision to acquire a separate homeland.
He said it was a matter of satisfaction for everyone that along with political stability, Pakistan’s economic growth had taken pace and Pakistan was now recognized as an ‘Emerging Economy.’
He also briefed the participants on recent developments in Pakistan-Turkey relations and the visits of the dignitaries of the two countries.
He informed that Pakistan and Turkey were also inching closer towards concluding a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which would help boost bilateral trade, commercial and investment relations.
He said the Turkish investment in Pakistan was steadily increasing.
He also applauded the recent decision of the Turkish Government to introduce Urdu as elective subject in high schools.
The “Pakistan Day” reception was also hosted on Wednesday evening where the Turkish leadership, parliamentarians, civil society, media and members of Pakistan community were invited to participate.
A Pakistan Food Festival also began which would continue for the rest of the week.
A photographic exhibition and stamps exhibition will also be held at the venue of the reception.