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Speaker Ayaz Sadiq forcefully highlights Indian atrocities in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir at OIC Parliamentary Forum; Ankara Declaration reaffirms Kashmiris’ right to self-determination

Ankara, October 19, 2016 (PPI-OT): Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker of the National Assembly, has forcefully highlighted the gross and systematic violations of human rights in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK), reiterated the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s call for sending a Fact Finding mission to IOK, and pressed for enabling the Kashmiri people to exercise their fundamental rights including the inalienable right to choose their own future in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

The Speaker was addressing the 36th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union of Organization of Islamic Conference (PUIC) in Ankara today. The meeting’s outcome document — “Ankara Declaration” — strongly reaffirmed the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people.

In his statement, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq blasted the Indian attempts to equate the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination with terrorism, noting that these had been repeatedly and categorically rejected by the OIC Member States as well as by the international community. As part of his extensive expose on the brutalities being perpetrated against the Kashmiris by Indian Occupying forces, he highlighted the draconian “laws” that enable them to carry out such atrocities with complete impunity.

A moving documentary and pictorial slide-show were shown during the statement of the Speaker, vividly capturing the Indian state-terrorism in IOK, including the impact of pellet guns against the defenceless Kashmiris, particularly women and children; deaths and injuries caused by live ammunition fire at peaceful protestors; effect of torture; as well as discovery of mass graves in IOK. The documentary’s crescendo was the ubiquitous chants of “Azadi” (freedom) by Kashmiri women in IOK that echoed in the meeting hall of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

DVDs containing exhaustive material including a report, entitled ‘Buried Evidence’, by an Indian Occupied Kashmir based NGO, exposing Indian occupation forces’ atrocities and India’s blatant lies about cross-LoC infiltrations and fake encounters, as well as a documentary on mass graves in IOK were shared with the participants.

Speaker Ayaz Sadiq highlighted that Indian atrocities and human rights violations had not only been condemned by the international community, and independent human rights watch-dogs, but also by numerous voices within India. He stressed that in its desperate attempts to divert attention from the strong indigenous Kashmiri uprising, India was resorting to highly provocative rhetoric and violations of the Line of Control (LoC), jeopardizing the peace and security of the entire region. He, however, made clear that the people of Pakistan would not countenance any aggression and remained ready to defend their sovereignty and territorial integrity at all costs.

The Speaker thanked the OIC Secretary General for his unequivocal condemnation of the wide-spread atrocities being carried out by the Indian Occupation forces to quell the indigenous uprising of the Kashmiri people.

The Executive Committee adopted the Ankara Declaration that, inter alia, reaffirmed support for the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people, underscoring that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir remained the core dispute between Pakistan and India. The Declaration also called for the just resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions that call for a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the UN.

The Executive Committee adopted the agenda of the upcoming 12th PUIC Conference, to be held in Bamako, Mali. A new agenda-item proposed by Pakistan, entitled “Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir” was included in the agenda of the upcoming Conference, in addition to the already existing item on the Situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, in his inaugural address, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Ismail Kahraman expressed support for the just and legitimate cause of Kashmir while speaking of the range of issues calling for urgent attention of the international community including Palestine and Cyprus.

At the meeting’s conclusion, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had the honour to read out the message of thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Chairman and entire membership of the Executive Committee addressed to Turkey’s President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

For more information, contact:
Abdul Akbar
Press Attache
Embassy of Pakistan, Ankara
37 Iran Cadessi G.O.P., Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90 (312) 4270243
Fax: 4670337
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Pakistan reiterates commitment to support cause of Least Developed Countries

Ankara, May 29, 2016 (PPI-OT): Pakistan has reaffirmed its abiding support and solidarity for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and renewed its long-standing commitment to take all possible measures to help them achieve progress in their priorities and development needs. The reaffirmation came during the Mid-Term Review of Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for LDCs hosted by Turkey at Antalya from 27-29 May 2016.

Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Sohail Mahmood led the Pakistan delegation at the conference, attended by high-level representatives of LDCs, developing countries, development partners, and UN and its relevant agencies.

During his address, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood expressed appreciation for Turkey on its steadfast support for promoting the cause of the LDCs and for organizing the midpoint review of the 10-year Istanbul Programme of Action adopted in 2011. He noted that the IPoA was a landmark framework for development, centered on the overarching goal of overcoming the structural challenges faced by the LDCs to eradicate poverty, achieve internationally agreed development goals, and enable half of them to graduate from the LDC category by the year 2020.

Ambassador Sohail Mahmood highlighted that some LDCs had been able to make considerable progress on these priorities, lifting people out of poverty, and reaching milestones on education, health and other areas. He, however, mentioned that majority of LDCs still faced formidable challenges in their efforts to improve socio-economic conditions of their people. Around 50 percent of the 900 million people in LDCs were still living below the poverty line.

Majority of the LDCs were not able to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The LDCs as a group were suffering from economic slowdown, with declining growth rates since 2014. The structural challenges and constraints limited their productive capacities, export base, and possibilities of graduating from the LDC category.

Ambassador Sohail Mahmood underlined that the Mid Term Review was timely as it was being held in the immediate backdrop of historic agreements reached in 2015 on the global development process including Agenda 2030 on SDGs and Paris Agreement on Climate Change. To support the LDCs at this crucial juncture, he emphasized the importance of building implementation synergies between IPoA and these landmark agreements.

Ambassador Sohail further stressed the need for reaffirmation of enhanced international support to LDCs, strengthening of global development partnership, fulfillment of international commitments regarding ODA, and greater trade and investment flows through improved market access. Equally important would be to advance progress in identified priority areas related to productive capacities, social and human development, resilience building, institutional capacity, and governance, he remarked.

Ambassador Sohail Mahmood briefed the participants about Pakistan’s Technical Assistance Programme, designed to assist capacity-building in LDCs. He added that Pakistan was working to further deepen trade and investment relations with LDCs, informing that duty free access was offered to some of the LDCs in the region on items of interest to them.

He particularly mentioned Pakistan’s Programme for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation in Afghanistan, which was initiated with a financial commitment of US$ 385 million in 2002, and scaled up to US$ 500 million in 2013. It primarily focused on infrastructure, education, health and technical capacity-building, he added. The Ambassador underlined Pakistan’s commitment to spare no effort within its means to support the cause of LDCs.

For more information, contact:
Abdul Akbar
Press Attache
Embassy of Pakistan, Ankara
37 Iran Cadessi G.O.P., Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90 (312) 4270243
Fax: 4670337
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Rich Pakistani culture showcased at National day celebrations in Ankara

Ankara, May 12, 2016 (PPI-OT): Pakistani students of Middle East Technical University (METU) organized “Pakistan Day” celebrations and showcased rich Pakistani culture through an array of performances. This included folk dances, a medley of Pakistani pop songs, comedy play ‘Harry Potter comes to Pakistan,’ and display of truck art, while guests were served Pakistani cuisine.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Sohail Mahmood and Vice Rector of METU Prof. Dr. Nevzat Özgüven were the guests of honour. A large number of Pakistani, Turkish and international students, and faculty members attended the event.

Addressing the participants, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood congratulated the students on organizing “Pakistan Day” celebrations and highlighted growing Pakistan-Turkey cooperation in diverse fields. Referring to cooperation in the education sector, he said efforts were underway for forging collaborative linkages between Pakistani and Turkish Universities through signing of MoUs and for strengthening student and faculty exchanges under the “Mevlana Exchange” Programme.

Expressing satisfaction over the increasing number of Pakistani students in Turkish universities, having crossed over 1400, the Ambassador hoped that more Turkish students would also go for studies in Pakistan as part of growing people-to-people exchanges. He lauded the efforts of Pakistani students for projecting Pakistan’s rich and diverse culture and assured continued support of Pakistan Embassy for such initiatives.

Separately, Pakistani students also actively participated in the annual fair of the Federation of International Students Associations as well as in the International Day organized by Hacettepe University, Ankara.

For more information, contact:
Abdul Akbar
Press Attache
Embassy of Pakistan, Ankara
37 Iran Cadessi G.O.P., Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90 (312) 4270243
Fax: 4670337
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PakTurkey
Twitter: @PakTurkey, Blog: http://PakTurkey.blogspot.com
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/pakturkey

Role of Municipalities in national development vital – Ambassador Sohail Mahmood

Ankara, September 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Mayor of Kecioren Municipality of Ankara, Mr. Mustafa Ak, visited the Embassy of Pakistan and met with Ambassador Sohail Mahmood. Warmly welcoming Mayor Ak on his visit to the Embassy, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood underlined the pivotal role of municipalities in effective delivery of basic services to the people as part of the development process.

He appreciated the pro-active role of Mayor Ak in this context and also congratulated him on the successful organization of International Ramazan Festival where the Embassy of Pakistan also setup ‘Pakistan Pavilion’ while a Pakistan Night comprising cultural performances of Pakistan was also arranged. Ambassador Sohail Mahmood also thanked the Kecioren Mayor for planting trees in memory of the school-children and staff martyred in a terrorist attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in December 2014. He reiterated his sense of gratitude over this kind gesture of the Turkish people.

Mayor Mustafa Ak underlined that strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood connect Pakistan and Turkey. He added that terrorism was the biggest challenge for the entire world and said that we will continue making efforts to eradicate this menace. Ambassador Sohail Mahmood wished continued success in Turkey’s economic transformation and expressed the confidence that the journey of stability and development would continue in the post-election period.

For more information, contact:
Abdul Akbar
Press Attache
Embassy of Pakistan, Ankara
37 Iran Cadessi G.O.P., Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90 (312) 4270243
Fax: 4670337
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PakTurkey
Twitter: @PakTurkey, Blog: http://PakTurkey.blogspot.com
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Bilateral cultural collaboration with Turkey to be intensified: Pakistan’s Envoy to Turkey

Ankara, August 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey, Mr. Sohail Mahmood, visited the Yunus Emre Institute in Ankara and met with its President, Prof. Dr. Hayati Develi. Expressing satisfaction over the excellent bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, the two sides reaffirmed their resolve to intensify cultural collaboration and people-to-people exchanges.

Both sides also reviewed progress towards the implementation of the decision to establish their respective Cultural Centres in Pakistan and Turkey. It was also agreed to closely coordinate for holding further painting and photography exhibitions, facilitating participation in literary and film festivals, organizing seminars and conferences, promoting Turkish/Urdu language education, and fostering music linkages, during 2015-2016.

For more information, contact:
Abdul Akbar
Press Attache
Embassy of Pakistan, Ankara
37 Iran Cadessi G.O.P., Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90 (312) 4270243
Fax: 4670337
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PakTurkey
Twitter: @PakTurkey, Blog: http://PakTurkey.blogspot.com
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/pakturkey

Pakistan and Turkey to enhance mutual collaboration between Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan and Turkish Patent Institute

Ankara, July 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Sohail Mahmood visited the Turkish Patent Institute (TPI) in Ankara, today, and met with its President Dr. Habip Asan. Views were exchanged on deepening cooperative linkages between the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO) and the Turkish Patent Institute (TPI).

Both sides reaffirmed the desire to enhance the frequency of exchanges at the leadership and experts’ level, share experiences and best practices, and collaborate in training and skills development. Collaboration between IPO and TPI is governed by the Cooperation Protocol signed during the 4th session of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) in Islamabad in February 2015.

For more information, contact:
Abdul Akbar
Press Attache
Embassy of Pakistan, Ankara
37 Iran Cadessi G.O.P., Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90 (312) 4270243
Fax: 4670337
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PakTurkey
Twitter: @PakTurkey, Blog: http://PakTurkey.blogspot.com
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/pakturkey