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Turk-Pak Relations based on multiple affinities 

14 September 2011 09:00:33

Turk-Pak Relations based on multiple affinities

 

Turkey the best, strongest friend of Pakistan says Dr. Ataov

 

The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organized a Public talk here on Tuesday. The Chief Guest of the seminar was Dr. Turkkaya Ataov, academician, Ankara University Turkey.

 

Earlier Gul Hanif, Chairperson, ISS Board of Governors, welcomed the guest speaker.

 

Dr. Ataov who has authored numerous books and articles shed light on Pakistan-Turkey relations and how they have evolved over the years. He wrote a book on “The Origin of US Expansion” in English. The distinguished professor talked about his personal experiences dating back several years and how he played an instrumental role in disseminating information about Pakistan, its culture, art and poetry in Turkey particularly the paintings of Abdur Rahman Chughtai.

 

He also talked about his appreciation of Pakistani poetry and art. He translated the press conference from Turkish into English of Pakistan’s Governor General Ghulam Muhammad during his visit to Turkey.  He mentioned that US policies are very critical since 1991, but he studied in US and shared his experience that they treated him very well.

 

He reiterated the fact that Turkey and Pakistan are two nations with hardly any divergences. Relations between the two countries are strong and symbolic of a pillar of strength. He highlighted the close affiliation of Pak-turkey relations; he authored the weekly magazine Pakistan Post which was titled by the Jinnah’s portrait.

 

He further said that the two brotherly countries enjoy close brotherly relations with multiple affinities. He said that Like Ata Turk Avenue here, Ankara has a Jinnah Street with a big portrait of the Father of the Nation of Pakistan. He said that street in another city is named after poet-philosopher Allama Iqbal.

In the end the Chairman ISSI, Gul Haneef thanked ‘Dr.  Turkkaya Ataov’ on behalf of the Institute for his scintillating address.