Remarks by Ambassador of Pakistan at the Inauguration Ceremony of Pakistan-Turkey Joint Commemorative Stamp on 9 November 2017 at Ankara

Remarks by Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi at the Inauguration Ceremony of Pakistan-Turkey Joint Commemorative Stamp issued to mark the 70th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Pakistan and Turkey, 9 November 2017, Ankara  

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s a proud moment to for me to welcome you all to the Inauguration Ceremony of the Commemorative Stamp jointly issued by PTT (Turkish Post, Telephone and Telegraph) and Pakistan Post to mark the 70 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Turkey.

The story of 70 years of Pakistan-Turkey diplomatic relations is not an ordinary story of cooperation and friendship; it’s a story of unparalleled, unprecedented and indissoluble relationship of brotherhood, mutual trust, affection and selflessness.  

Pakistan-Turkey Joint Stamp issued on 9 November to mark 140th Birthday
 of Allama Muhammad Iqbal as well as 70th year of Pakistan-Turkey
Diplomatic Relations, Photo Pakistan Embassy Ankara
On the face of it, the relationship is 70 years old, but its roots are much deeper and stronger. Friendship with Turkey is in our blood, it is in our ethos, it is in our identity as a nation.

It is a permanent feature in our understanding of the world. Irrespective of the circumstance and geo-political situations, Turkey and Pakistan have stood by each other and will Inshallah always stand by each other.


I, as Ambassador of Pakistan, am extremely privileged to represent Pakistan in Turkey. I am a direct beneficiary of the hard work and sacrifices which our forefathers made to nurture this sacred relationship.

It is indeed a sacred trust which has been passed down to us by our forefathers. Today, we acknowledge, appreciate, and salute the architects of this relationship. We owe this relationship to them.

Two of the main architects of this relationship were Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan, the philosopher of the East and Mehmet Akif Ersoy, the national poet of Turkey.

Both of them played a key role in reigniting the flame of self confidence and struggle against all challenges among the people of Pakistan and Turkey.

Interestingly, they never met each other, but they regularly maintained correspondence and drew light from each other. They were like two candles which illuminated the way of the Muslim Ummah in troubled times.

Their thoughts and their convictions are still a source of inspiration for us. They left an indelible imprint on the hearts, minds and souls of the two nations. They indeed made Pakistan and Turkey, two countries, one nation.

The commemorative stamp being jointly issued today is an expression of the gratitude by the younger generations to these two great architects of the Pakistan-Turkey brotherhood.  May Allah’s blessings be upon their souls.

Affection for each other comes naturally to people of Pakistan and Turkey. May be it’s the traditional spiritual connectivity between Iqbal and Rumi that connects the two people.

We deeply value and appreciate this special heart-to-heart connection. We experience it every day from the highest political office to the remotest village in Turkey. I hope the same would be true for those Turks who have visited Pakistan or have interacted with Pakistanis.


During the past 70 years, Pakistan-Turkey relationship has blossomed in all fields. We have stood by each other, supported each other, and felt the pain and compassion for each other.

We feel other’s success as our own achievement, and other’s weakness as our own failure. We want each other to succeed. We believe that our futures are tied together. May Allah be our guide and protector.

Long Live Pakistan-Turkey Friendship

Thank you. 

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