Desecration of the Holy Quran : President Zardari telephones President Gul

ANKARA, 28 March: Pakistan’s President Mr. Asif Ali Zardari on 25 March telephoned President Abdullah Gul of Turkey and talked about the recent incident of the deliberate desecration of the Holy Quran by a lunatic in Florida and the need for collectively urging the UN to take note of it and evolve plans for promoting cultural and religious harmony in the world.

The President said that it was time that the downward slide of rationality and sanity was arrested through concerted national and international efforts.

The two Presidents agreed that deliberate desecration of the Holy Quran was a most despicable act and that steps needed to be taken to prevent the recurrence of such irrational acts.

The two leaders also discussed bilateral ties and regional situation.
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Commemorating March 23 by Ambassador Tariq Azizuddin - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Commemorating March 23 - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Pakistan Day Commemorated in Turkey

ANKARA: 23 March 2011:   Pakistan Embassy in Ankara commemorated “Pakistan Day” at a ceremony here today. The Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Tariq Azizuddin unfurled the Pakistan flag on the tune of National Anthem in presence of the Pakistani community and Embassy officials.  The Ambassador read out messages of President and Prime Minister.
The President in his message stated that it is a proud day for every Pakistani as we celebrate the triumph of democracy over dictatorship and have demonstrated to the world that dictatorship can never take roots in Pakistan. Seventy two years ago, on this day, the Muslims of subcontinent set out to achieve the goal of a separate homeland for themselves. Our founding fathers had envisaged a democratic and pluralistic state where constitutionalism and rule of law would reign supreme and where minorities will have equal rights as citizens.
The Prime Minister in his message reiterated the Government’s commitment of translating the dream of Pakistan’s founding fathers into reality and pledged to continue the path of reconciliation and dialogue to resolve the national issues in concurrence with all stakeholders.
In the evening, the Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara will host a reception where the Turkish political and military leadership, parliamentarians, civil society, media and members of Pakistan community are invited to participate.
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Pakistan’s Ambassador in Turkey H.E. Mr. Tariq Azizuddin reading out messages of the President and Prime Minister to mark the Pakistan National Day at Ankara, 23 March 2011.

To commemorate the National Day of Pakistan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey H.E. Mr. Tariq Azizuddin unfurling the national flag at Ankara on 23 March 2011.

23 March 2011 at Pakistan Embassy Ankara


ANKARA: 23 March 2011:   Pakistan Day was commemorated with the recitation from the Holy Qura’an followed by unfurling the national flag by the Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Tariq Azizuddin on the tune of National Anthem in the presence of the Pakistani community and Embassy officials.  The Ambassador read out messages of President and Prime Minister.

The President in his message stated that it is a proud day for every Pakistani as we celebrate the triumph of democracy over dictatorship and demonstrate to the world that dictatorship can never take roots in Pakistan. Seventy two years ago, on this day, the Muslims of subcontinent set out to achieve the goal of a separate homeland for themselves. Our founding fathers had envisaged a democratic and pluralistic state where constitutionalism and rule of law would reign supreme and where minorities will have equal rights as citizens.

The Prime Minister in his message reiterated the commitment of the government to translating the dream of our founding fathers into reality and pledged to continue the path of reconciliation and dialogue to resolve the national issues in concurrence with all stakeholders.

Gen. Khalid Meets Gül, Gen. Koşaner

ANKARA, March 17: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Kahlid Shameem Wynne, who is on an official visit to Turkey, called on Turkish President H.E. Mr Abdullah Gül on Wednesday.

Gen. Khalid apprised the President about the ongoing efforts of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism. “Both Pakistan and Turkey have unanimity of views on regional and international issues,” said Gen. Khalid. Both Turkey and Pakistan desires to further strengthen the relationship through bilateral exchanges, he added.

The Chairman earlier visited the Turkish General Staff Headquarters where he was received by Commander of Turkish Armed Forces General Işik Koşaner. A smartly turned out Tri-Service guard of honour presented salute. Chairman and his Turkish counterpart discussed matters of mutual interest and reiterated strengthening of military cooperation between the two countries.

Earlier, Chairman Joint Chiefs of staff Committee visited Anitkabir, Ataturk’s Mausoleum to pay homage to the Great Turkish Leader and founder of modern Turkey.

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Pakistan Ambassador to Turkey talking with President Karachi Chamber of ...


A visiting Pakistani businessmen delegation led by President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Muhammad Saeed Shafiq, called on Pakistan's Ambassador to Turkey H.E. Mr. Tariq Azizuddin at Ankara on 3 March 2011 who briefed them about economic relations between the two countries. "In the year 2010, bilateral between Pakistan and Turkey touched US$ 1 billion, and efforts are underway to increase volume of this trade to US $ 2 billion by the year 2012," said Mr. Azizudin.
Mr. Shafiq during the meeting stressed on the need to train unemployed in different skills so that their employability could be increased. We need to encourage self-employment for entrepreneurial youth who could speed up the pace of industrialization in Pakistan, he added.

Turkey keen on increased economic ties with Pakistan

videoANKARA, 4 March 2011:  A 7-member delegation of Pakistan’s Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) led by its President Mr. Muhammad Saeed Shafiq, met here today with Mr. Husnu Dilemre, Director General of the Turkish Foreign Trade Undersecretariat’s General Directorate of Agreements.

The delegation conveyed the sensitivities of Pakistan vis-à-vis recent safeguard measures under consideration that will impose additional custom duties on the imports of certain textile products from developing countries that include imports from Pakistan as well. The visiting delegation was assured that Turkey fully appreciates Pakistan’s concerns specially the efforts to stabilize Pakistan’s economy after devastating floods.
“In the same spirit,” Mr. Husnu emphasized, “Turkey has already shown wholehearted support to European Union’s initiative at World Trade Organization to grant Pakistani goods increased market access in the wake of floods.” On growing economic ties between Pakistan and Turkey, Mr. Husnu informed that there is dynamic growth in bilateral trade between Pakistan and Turkey.
President KCCI Mr. Shafiq invited Turkish businessmen to their annual event “My Karachi” that will be held in Karachi from 22-24 July 2011. He also invited Turkish businessmen to invest in sectors like alternative energy, value added sector, construction, etc. The delegation was assured that the Foreign Trade Undersecretariat will contact concerned Turkish institutions respectively.

Earlier, the visiting Pakistani businessmen called on Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey H.E. Mr. Tariq Azizuddin who briefed them about economic relations between the two countries. “In the year 2010, bilateral between Pakistan and Turkey touched US$ 1 billion, and efforts are underway to increase volume of this trade to US $ 2 billion by the year 2012,” said Mr. Azizudin.
Mr. Shafiq during the meeting stressed on the need to train unemployed in different skills so that their employability could be increased. We need to encourage self-employment for entrepreneurial youth who could speed up the pace of industrialization in Pakistan, he added.

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President KCCI Mr. Mr. Muhammad Saeed Shafiq presenting KCCI shield to Director General of Turkish Foreign Trade Undersecretariat Mr. Husnu Dilemre at Ankara on 4 March 2011.

KCCI delegation in a group photo with Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey H.E. Mr. Tariq Azizuddin at Ankara

237 More Pakistanis to be airlifted from Libya

ANKARA, 4 March 2011: On the directives of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Embassy of Pakistan in Turkey has chartered a special plane to airlift 237 Pakistanis stranded in the Libyan city of Sirte.

The chartered plane will reach Sirte tomorrow at noon (local time) and will bring them to Istanbul at about 6.00 p.m. local time. Around midnight, a PIA flight will flew these passengers to Islamabad. The plane will reach Islamabad in the early hours of Sunday, 6th March. Details of the passengers will be available on http://pakturkey.blogspot.com

Pakistan Embassy officials Mr. Murad Ashraf Janjua (Consul Istanbul) and Mr. Saad Warraich (Second Secretary, Ankara) will travel in the chartered plane to assist in providing necessary consular services and make travel documents for these passengers.

On the directives of Foreign Secretary, Pakistan Embassy in Turkey has been designated as the regional focal point and coordinating all evacuation efforts. Through the efforts of our Embassy in Tripoli and Ankara, a total of 673 Pakistanis stranded in Libya have so far been safely evacuated through Turkey.

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195 stranded Pakistanis previously working in Libya reach Lahore, Pakistan by special PIA plane from Dalaman, Turkey at 2.00 p.m. 3rd March 2011


ANKARA, 3 March 2011: A special PIA plane arranged by Ministry of Foreign Affairs left with 195 Pakistani passengers onboard from Turkish airport of Dalaman at 6.00 a.m. local time and is scheduled to reach Lahore about 2.00 p.m. PST. These Pakistanis were earlier evacuated through ferry from Libya. Their names could be seen on http://pakturkey.blogspot.com
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Photos caption: Pakistani workers evacuated from Libya by Pakistan Embassy in Turkey through ferry, waiting for boarding a chartered PIA plane at Turkey's Dalaman airport on 3rd March. They reached safely to Lahore airport on 3rd March 2011 at about 2.00 p.m.

26 Pakistanis who reached Turkey from Libya on 1 March

26 Pakistanis evacuated from Misurata, Libya, presently in Turkish port city of Marmaris, Turkey. These are the workers of a Turkish construction company TML.

Ser. Full Name Passport No:
1 Arshad Ahmed AW1159051
2 Abid Hussain HD6899731
3 Muhammed Hanif AN6780091
4 Muhamed Imran Koreja AA4987331
5 Muhamed Farhan Ayoub AA1192901
6 Abdul Razzag AG9861021
7 Abdul Sattar AF5427141
8 Abdul Rasheed Soomro AG5229841
9 Qasim AL4851081
10 Aqeel Shah GP5148411
11 Bilal Ahmad HA1151341
12 Zafar Hussain Khan DK4101841
13 Zohaib Sharif BL 5122631
14 Fayaz Gul AZ4798381
15 Muhammad Younus AR6902291
16 Abdul Rasheed AA1076532
17 Imtiaz Ali Khuhawar AG4148041
18 Fawad- Ur- Rehman AS8676852
19 Muhammad Sajid AB5577322
20 Sahib Zada AB5490572
21 Mr. Muhammad Asif KG569746
22 Muhammad Zubair Khan KF600185
23 Khuda Bakhsh BB3349071
24 Ghulam Mustafa Khuhawar AE4148311
25 Rashid CA9843931
26 Mümtaz Ali Muhammad Ali KG276747

Another group of 308 Pakistanis evacuated through Turkey

ANKARA, 2 March 2011: Another group of 308 Pakistanis stranded in Libya have been evacuated by ferry to Turkish port city of Marmaris and shall soon reach Pakistan through chartered flights. This is in addition to 354 workers who were earlier flown to Lahore on 28 February / 1 March. Another group of 13 persons were sent to Pakistan on 28 February.

Out of these 308 passengers who have reached Turkey, 89 + 26 are employees of Turkish companies M/s Tekfen and M/s TML Construction which are making arrangements for their repatriation to Pakistan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is chartering PIA aircraft to airlift from Turkey the remaining group of 193 persons that also includes 8 minors. Complete list of these workers and others is available on http://pakturkey.blogspot.com

On the instructions of the Foreign Secretary Mr. Salman Bashir, Pakistan Embassy in Turkey has been designated as the regional focal point and coordinating all evacuation efforts. The Embassy has set up a field office in the port city of Marmaris and a 4-member Embassy team is facilitating Pakistanis in immigration formalities and their boarding and lodging. The Embassy is also in contact with the Turkish and Libyan officials for safe travel of other Pakistanis in various cities of Libya who have expressed the desire to leave Libya.

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193 Pakistanis arrived in Turkey to be repatriated to Pakistan

List of Pakistanis to be repatriated by special Aircraft by Embassy of Pakistan in Turkey
Arrived from Libya via sea in Turkish port city of Marmaris on 1st March 2011
Sr
Name
Passport no.
1
Khawaja M. Aslam
BR1807051
2
M.Safdar Saheen

3
Kamran Nazar
CJ9828971
4
Azhar Mehmood
HS0156821
5.
Khurram Mehmood

6.
M.Rukhsar

7.
Khalil Ahmed

8.
Haq Nawaz
KG255000
9.
M.Farooq

10.
M.Sajjad
KG254012
11.
M. Yusuf Ghumman
KF932224
12.
M.Asif
KF472725
13.
Shabbir Hussain
KF932178
14.
M.Qamar
KG976265
15.
Sajid Nazir
KG254107
16.
Jamshed Hussain
KG254671
17.
Haroon Yunus

18.
Ali Hassan
KG873630
19.
Farid mehmood

20.
M.Shaheed

21.
Zufran Shahzad

22.
Usman Akhtar

23.
Aurangzaib
AA5937131
24.
Ateeq-ur-Rehman
AJ1463001
25.
Rashid Mehmood
CV0156751
26.
Farid Ahmed

27.
Aurangzaib Hussain
KG926410
28.
Zafar Iqbal

29.
Umer Shahzad

30.
Zaheer-ul-Haq

31.
Shahbaz Ahmad

32.
Yasin Mehmood

33.
Shafqat Naseer
LM9820451
34.
Moazzam Hussain

35.
Muhammad Saeed

36.
M.Wahid Altaf
AP1770351
37.
Abid Hussain
HZ6899721
38.
Aziz-ur-Rehman

39.
Waseem Ahmed
FV1157571
40.
Adnan Afridi

41.
Faisal Khan
DB4117371
42.
Naseer Ahmed

43.
Nasir Ali

44.
Shabbir  Ahmed
HE1153911
45.
Rashid Mehmood

46.
Wasi-ud-Din
NB6895621
47.
Shabbir Ahmed
MS1159181
48.
M.Afzal
KH147048
49.
Azhar  Mehmood

50.
Shoaib  Iqbal

51.
Faizan  Javed

52.
Muntizar  Abbas

53.
M.Riaz

54.
Nadeem Akhtar

55.
Ghalib Sajjad

56.
Mian Shoaib Khalid
KG976002
57.
Uzair Jabbar
KG976001
58.
Abdul Majeed

59.
Miss Saiqa Majeed
AV0570811
60.
Maqsood Ahmad
KG976339
61.
Walayat Khan

62.
M.Arif
KG617456
63.
Saadat Ali
KQ4107931
64.
M.Rafiq

65.
M.Siddique Khan
XE4109671
66.
Arshad  Mehmood
HT0157641
67.
Abdul  Jabbar
AB8024181
68.
Ansar  Iqbal
HE1332481
69.
Iqra  Hassan Shah

70.
Tauqir Safdar

71.
Raja Ikhlas
AV1152943
72.
Fayyad  Ahmad
LR1158951
73.
Ghafoor Ahmad
LS1159531
74.
M.Siddique

75.
Nasir Mehmood

76.
Ahmad Hussain
AS6893532
77.
Asif Bashir

78.
Sabir Hussain

79.
Faisal Taj

80.
M.Nadeem

81.
M.Waqas

82.
Basharat Mehmood
HK0159701
83.
Kamran Javed

84.
Shaheed Ahmad

85.
M.Islam

86.
M.Shehzad
MN5149541
87.
M.Iqbal

88.
Mariam Iqbal
KG254992
89.
Zainab Iqbal
KG254994
90.
Parveen Akhtar
KG254991
91.
Amna Iqbal
KG254993
92.
Farzana  Saeed
KF932264
93.
Zainab Saeed
KF932263
94.
Hira Saeed
KH147123
95.
Iqra Saeed
KG254154
96.
Naveed Ahmad
NK1153821
97.
Faisal Nadeem
KG976150
98.
Javed Akhtar Nadeem
KG254997
99.
Saima  Javed
KG254274
100.
Nazia  Saleem
KG976306
101.
Waheed Khalid
KF932734
102.
Asma Waheed
KG976341
103.
M.Shaheed

104.
M.Naveed

105.
Rehan Rehman

106.
Asif  Raza

107.
M.Ikram

108.
M.Parvez
CH3996581
109.
Saleem Asif

110.
Mirza Zulqarnain
AP4187351
111.
Jahangir Ahmed
NZ1153071
112.
Akhtar Ali
VW1798471
113.
Tariq Javed

114.
Khubaib  Ahmad
ET1156651
115.
Sajid  Mehmood
KH147269
116.
Asid Yaqoob
KG287632
117.
Umer Mehmood

118.
Umer Farooq

119.
Ali Murtaza

120.
Farid Meer

121.
M.Irfan

122.
Rehan-ul-Haq

123.
M.Ikhlaq

124.
Rehmat Ali

125.
M.Yousaf

126.
Abid Saleem
KF932250
127.
Amad Sharif

128.
Waqas Saleem

129.
Imran Khan

130.
Amir Shahzad

131.
Farhan Ali

132.
Adnan Sarwar

133.
Faisal Mahmood

134.
Luqman Raza

135.
Ehsan-ullah

136.
M.Waseem

137.
M.Asim

138.
Bilal Saeed
KH147124
139.
M.Razzaq
KG617013
140.
Nasir Ali
NS1797251
141.
Najam Shahzad

142.
Qasir Mehmood

143.
M.Afzal
BF1517391
144.
Sheraz Mehmood

145.
Talib Hussain
KG873711
146.
Iqraz Raja Fiaz

147.
Anas Mehmood

148.
M.Imran
AJ1220651
149.
M.Jahangir

150.
Adnan Rasheed

151.
M.Waqas

152.
M.Zameer Ahmad

153.
M.Mubashir

154.
M.Hafeez

155.
Qaisar Mehmood

156.
Tanveer Ahmad

157.
Safdar Ali

158.
Hamza Saeed
KG254155
159.
Ghulam Subhani

160.
M.Saeed

161.
Sajjad Akhtar
KD416772
162.
M.Bilal
KG254995
163.
Amin Ahmad

164.
M.Waseem

165.
Adil Saeed

166.
Naveed Hanif
KG254545
167.
Zahid Hanif

168.
Zia-ullah

169.
Ghulam Murtaza

170.
Umer Farooq

171.
Muqarrab Sahzad
LP5148351
172.
Hassan Irfan

173.
Bilal Zafar
KG873385
174.
Hassan Abbas

175.
Waseem Akram
KG873619
176.
Azhar Hussain

177.
Ali Rasheed

178.
Ghulam Mustafa
KG976263
179.
Arif  Hussain

180.
M.Rizwan

181.
Arsalan Zafar
KF932391
182.
Faisal  Javed

183.
Imran Zameer
KG976153
184.
Abdul Majeed

185.
Imran Rehman

+ 8 minors, total = 193