Pakistan-Turkey cooperation in defence to be further enhanced

Ankara, MTT News Desk: Turkish President H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gul today received a Pakistani defence delegation led by Federal Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar who is visiting Ankara on the invitation of his Turkish counterpart. The Turkish President stressed that the existing strategic partnership between Pakistan and Turkey provides an excellent opportunity for joint ventures between the defence industries of the two countries.

Syed Naveed Qamar agreed with the Turkish President that both countries could jointly produce defence products in their respective countries that will help in technology transfer and will generate economic activities. He commended the excellent cooperation between the defence establishments of the two countries. He noted that both countries take pride in their armed forces which have many complementarities and strong traditions of close cooperation. The Turkish President also referred to the regional situation and said the whole world recognizes the sacrifices that the people and defence forces of Pakistan are making in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Earlier, Syed Naveed Qamar held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mr. Ismet Yilmaz. Upon arrival at the Turkish Defence Ministry, the Pakistani dignitary was presented a guard of honour. Both sides agreed to raise the level of High Level Military Dialogue Group, which is an institutional mechanism for boosting defence ties between the two brotherly countries. The Turkish Defence Minister referred to the project of midlife up-gradation of F-16 aircrafts of Pakistan undertaken by Turkish Aerospace Industries and termed it as a symbol of excellent defence cooperation. Syed Naveed Qamar referred to a recent agreement of building a fleet tanker for Pakistan Navy by STM of Turkey and said this is a best model for our future defence cooperation.

Mr. Murad Bayar, Undersecretary of the Turkish Defence Industries also called on the visiting Pakistani Minister. They discussed various proposals related to joint production of defence projects and took stock of the ongoing defence project.

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Pakistan Turkey to distribute Rs 1 million among students

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: Over seven hundred Pakistani students from across Pakistan will get prizes for their outstanding performance demonstrated during National Inter Schools Math Olympiad (ISMO) held recently.

The ISO titled, Pakistan Seeks Al-Khwarizmi, was held on Jan 27th, 2013 at all the branches of PakTurk Schools across the country simultaneously in which some 16500 students from 500 different schools participated.

A total of 722 students from class 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th from different government and private schools will get rewarded for their incredible potential in the prize distribution ceremony scheduled at new campus of PakTurk at Sector H-8 tomorrow (Wednesday), said an announcement issued here today.

Top government functionaries, officials, educationists and parents of the students will participate in the award distribution ceremony.

Abdul Moeez Ijaz, a class eighth student of Jinnah Preparatory School Islamabad who was recently declared Al- Khwarizmi of Pakistan for one year for his brilliance in mathematics will be the centre of attention.

A cash prize of Rs one million will be distributed among the students who made it to the top.

Pak-Turk holds ISMO prize distribution ceremony

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges on Tuesday held prize distribution ceremony for first countrywide Inter Schools Math Olympiad (ISMO) held recently.

The ISO titled, Pakistan Seeks Al- Khwarizmi, was held on Jan 27th, 2013 at all the branches of Pak-Turk Schools across the country simultaneously in which some 16500 students participated representing around 500 schools.

The students of class 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th participated in the competition to prove their incredible potential.

Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Cicek, Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, Turk Ambassador Babur Hizlan, Federal Secretaries, officials of Pak-Turk Schools, students, parents, and others were present at the at the award distribution ceremony held at Pak-Turk Chak Shahzad campus.

Many students of different schools bagged cash prizes from 50,000 to 30,000 while Abdul Moeez Ijaz, a class eighth student of Jinnah Preparatory School Islamabad was declared Al- Khwarizmi of Pakistan for his outstanding performance. He will retain the title for one year.

It may be mentioned that Abu Abdallah Muḥammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi was a legendary Muslim mathematician.

Speaking at the occasion, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Cicek said that Turkey will continue to support Pakistan which is a great and trustworthy friend.

We are tied in the religious and cultural bonds which should be further strengthened, he said, adding that our government as well as masses value multidimensional relations with Pakistan which would by further cemented by the passage of time.

Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi said that Turkey is promoting education in Pakistan by establishing quality institutes and holding different competitions aimed at enhancing the level of our students.

Our students are being prepared to compete in the international events while many have won medial which is a great achievement, said Kundi.

Ambassador of Turkey Babur Hizlan said that Pakistani youth had tremendous potential and amazing talent to progress and advance in all walks of life.

Improving, educating and promoting the brightest Pakistani students is one of our mission, said Hizlan.

Mr. Unal Tosur, PakTurk International CAG Educational Foundation, MD Pak Turk Mr. Fesih Celik, Director Education Kamil Ture and others said that we will continue to provide opportunities to Pakistani students to intellectually stimulate them and infuse confidence, ability and decisiveness which were essential ingredient for progress in life.

Pakistan, Kosovo to establish diplomatic relations

Ankara, MTT News Desk: President of Pakistans Special Envoy and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan visited the Republic of Kosovo from 27-29 January and held meetings with the Kosovan leadership including the President, Prime Minister, President of the Parliament, Foreign Minister, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Trade & Industry, and President of Chamber of Commerce. It was an historical occasion as Malik Amad Khan was the first senior Pakistani official to visit Kosovo after Pakistan formally recognized the Republic of Kosovo in December last year.

President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga on Monday received Malik Amad Khan who personally handed over a letter signed by President Asif Ali Zardari about the recognition of Kosovo. The Special Envoy stated that the recognition has been accorded in support of the aspirations of the people of Kosovo for independence. President of Kosovo expressed her gratitude to Pakistan upon their recognition of independence and regarded this as an important step towards the international consolidation of the country and its further democratization.

Prime Minister of Kosovo Mr. Hashim Thaçi also received the special envoy. He expressed his great appreciation for the recognition of Kosovos independence by Pakistan. This will encourage Kosovos comprehensive cooperation with Pakistan, advancing bilateral relations between the two countries. Both the leaders discussed opportunities for collaboration between the two countries in the economy, trade and education. Both agreed that there is a wide scope for an enhanced institutional, cultural and social cooperation Kosovo and Pakistan have.

In his meetings with other high profile Kosovan officials including President of the Assembly of Kosovo Mr. Jakup Krasniqi, Foreign Minister Mr. Enver Hoxhaj, Economy & Trade Ministers and business community, it was agreed to create necessary facilitative framework for promoting commercial relations including Free Trade Agreement and Agreement on Protection of Investment and Avoidance of Double Taxation.

Earlier, the Minister of State and the Kosovan Foreign Minister signed a joint communique for establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Mr. Muhammad Haroon Shaukat who has been concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Kosovo also accompanied the Special Envoy.

Pakistani students deserve best possible start in life

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: A local school chain has decided to equip parents with necessary skills to deal with their children effectively at home to ensure their success in the years to come.

In the first phase, forty teachers working in different branches of Pak-Turk Schools were selected to participate in a three-day seminar so that they can be equipped with the knowledge, techniques and material to conduct parenting classes in their respective cities.

Speaking at the seminar titled Parents School Seminar, trainers told participants that Pakistani students are gifted, they deserve best possible start in practical life for which every possible effort will be initiated including introduction of latest teaching and learning strategies.

Children of many families fail in school, not because they are poor, but because their parents lack the necessary parental skills to understand the importance of education in order to support their children, they said.

The speakers said that understanding, correcting and teaching proper habits and then study behaviour leads to raising a better student which is mother of success.

The seminar focused on understanding the philosophy of nurturing parenting, assessing high risk parenting beliefs and environments, creating competency based lessons and programmes tailored to meet the individual parenting needs of families, and implementing programs at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Important parenting themes like creativity, child abuse, hyperactivity, effective study techniques, stress management, sibling rivalry, effects of TV and computer, importance of games and children motivation were part of the programme.

Participants also learnt how to monitor the success of families through on-going process evaluation strategies designed to measure the attainment of parenting knowledge and skills. The participants learnt to help parents set consistent, reasonable expectations based on their child’s age, developmental and skill level.

Keeping in view the present day family structures, the initiative taken by Pak-Turk Academy of Teaching and Learning Excellence will help the parents bring up the long awaited golden generation.

Outcome of D-8 summit unsatisfactory

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Thursday said outcome of recently held D-8 Summit was nothing more than disappointment.

The Summit produced a largely meaningless document that failed to address the challenges the block is faced with, it said.

The 35-point declaration of the eighth Summit was as flawed as the outcome, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.

The D-8 member states are facing challenges like energy scarcity, international pressures, food security, communal violence, terrorism, natural disaster and a tarnished image which needed to be addressed through joint efforts, he said.

However, the Summit failed to announce any solid decision and relied on promises, claims and hollow commitments, he added.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that stressing the need for joint efforts is not enough to justify the spending on such an event when country is relying on aid and loans.

In fact, D-8 has done nothing since last 15 years therefore no one should pin any hope for betterment or change, he observed.

He said that the summit has expressed intent to increase the blocs trade from $130 billion to US$507 billion by 2018 but it seems a difficult task in absence of any concrete plan.

Declaration was disappointing from any standard and remained useless as it was focused on using language to please masses.

Majority of the countries of the group have enormous natural and human resources but what they lack is sincere leadership, Dr. Mughal noted.

Modern Pakistani literature introduced to Turkey

Ankara, MTT News Desk: Launching ceremony of Colonel (retired) Masud Akhtar Sheikhs recent book Modern Pakistan Literature, was held here today under the auspices of Writers Union of Turkey. Written in Turkish language, the book is a selection of short stories and poems by contemporary Pakistani writers and poets, both national and regional.

Introducing his book, Masud Akhtar Sheikh said Modern Pakistan Edebiyati is the first book written in Turkish language to introduce Pakistani literary figures and their works to Turkish public. He said despite his old age, his love for Turkey compels him to contribute more towards bringing the two brotherly countries together with such efforts. Translating books written by eminent writers both in Turkey and Pakistan would further develop understanding and shall bring the people of the two countries together, said Mr. Masud.

The audience suggested more translations of the books of Muhammad Iqbal, Pakistans national poet and Mehmet Akif Ersoy, Turkeys noted peot. They also proposed to name a street in a Turkish city after Masud Akhtar Sheikh.

Earlier Deputy Chairman of the Writers Union of Turkey Mr. Ahmet FİDAN introduced the author. Members of Turkish academia and media persons attended the event.

Masud Akhtar Shaikh is the author of 24 books. His writings include many literary works of eminent Turkish writers, such as Orhan Kemal, Necip Fazil Kisakü, Nazim Hikmet, Fethullah Gulen, Reşat Nuri Guntekin, Ali Nar, Yaşar Kemal, Aziz Nesin, and Ismet Bozdağ. About 20 of his writings are stories, poems and novels translated from Turkish to Urdu and English. Mr. Masud has also contributed over 500 articles on Turkey, Cyprus and the Armenian issue.

Pakistan to benefit from Turkish experience in protection of vulnerable

Ankara, MTT News Desk: A high level delegation from Pakistans Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, led by Minister for Social Welfare, Special Education & Women Empowerment Ms. Sitara Ayaz, held meeting with Turkish Deputy Minister for Family & Social Policy Prof. Dr. Ashkin Asan here in Ankara today.

The Pakistan delegation also included Minister for Zakat & Usher Mr. Zarshaid Khan, Additional Secretary Social Welfare Mr. Ruhullah Khan, and Deputy Chief of Child Protection & Welfare Commission Mr. Ijaz M. Khan.

The Turkish side agreed to consider possibility of setting up an orphanage based on the Turkish model. Turkey also offered that Pakistan could study Council of Europes Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention), which is the first comprehensive legally binding legislation to tackle this serious violation of human rights. Ms Sitara Ayaz said her government will study the proposal.

Lauding the excellent achievements made by Turkey in providing social safety nets to its citizens, Ms Sitara Ayaz said Pakistan can learn a lot from the Turkish experience in protecting the vulnerable sections of society such as women, children, orphans, etc. She also briefed the hosts about the legislation introduced for women empowerment and child protection in her province. Our government has empowered women legally, socially, politically and economically, she said.

Ms Sitara proposed to hold exhibitions of handicrafts produced by women from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Turkey. This will help sharing experience between the women entrepreneurs and shall further boost economic empowerment of women.

Ms. Sitara Ayaz invited Prof. Dr. Ashkin to visit Pakistan.

The Pakistani delegation also had field visits to Children Nursery, Women Education & Culture Centre, Orphanage and other relevant organizations both in Ankara and Istanbul.

Hope offered to deprived children, elderly and widows

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: Teachers and students of Pak-Turk Islamabad Girls Campus visited several social service organisations to offer hope to deprived, let them know that they are not alone and to bring smiles back to them.

The teachers and students distributed gifts, cash and articles of daily use among underprivileged children, elderly, disabled, widows, homeless women, and orphans at Edhi Home, Nijat Trust Old Home and Dar-e-Ali Bin Abi Talib.

Parentless and vulnerable children were served in form of books, fees, and uniforms to make a positive impact in their lives.

At the occasion, many old, abandoned and widows shared stories of their lives. They said that no one from their families visited them since long despite the fact that they had sacrificed everything for their children only to know that they would be thrown in an old-age home.

Every person, who puts a parent in a home for the aged, should ask himself how he would feel if his children did the same to him when he became old, said a widow.

A senior citizen said that relations that cannot contribute to family income should not become a burden and money should not be the only factor to define relationships. Elderly people need to be looked after like a child, throwing them out is against humanity and teachings of Islam.

The disadvantaged expressed their happiness and appreciated the efforts to serve them and bring hope in their dismal lives.

They blessed teachers and students of Pak-Turk Islamabad Girls Campus Welfare Club after they were assured that they would not be forgotten.

We are engaged in this humanitarian work for Almighty Allah; we look forward to meeting the needs of many more poor people and we are extremely glad for the increase in the number of people receiving help, the teachers said.

They said that out of 50 million children under of age 17 years in Pakistan about 4.2 million are orphans, this is our responsibility to take good care of them and make them successful in life, they added.

Blessed are those who have the old with them, it is ironical that old people are considered a burden. We have learnt a lesson to treat the aged with love and affection, the students said. Everyone must realise the importance of old people in our life.

Turkish organisations distributes 150,000 kg meat among needy

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: Two Turkish organisations sacrificed twelve hundred animals on Eid al-Adha and distributed meat among the needy.

Pak-Turk International Cag Educational Foundation (Pak-Turk ICEF) and Kisme Yokmu, a Turkish aid organisation sacrificed 1200 cows and bulls in eight cities and reached thirty thousand needy families with a packet of five kilogram of meat.

In Islamabad three hundred animals were sacrificed and meat equally distributed among deserving, including widows in proper manner.

Pak-Turk ICEF Chairman Unal Tosur, Managing Director Fesih Celik, Director Education Kamil Ture, and others supervised the relief activity.

Speaking on the occasion, Unal Tosur said we cannot forget our poor Pakistani brothers having no or little resources to celebrate this religious festival. We will continue to work selflessly to make future of Pakistan bright, he added.

Tosur said that we are serving Pakistani brethren since fifteen years in the fields of education, humanitarian, cultural and medical aid to uplift the human and social transformation of Pakistan.

He informed that our project to provide 300 houses to deprived people in Muzaffargarh is near completion.

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