Pak­istan cul­tural per­for­mance en­thralls au­di­ence in Ankara

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Acap­ti­vat­ing per­for­mance de­pict­ing myr­iad facets of Pak­istani cul­ture en­thralled thou­sands of au­di­ence on Satur­day night at Keçiören, Ankara. The oc­ca­sion was the cel­e­bra­tion of “Pak­istan Night” as part of the 6th In­ter­na­tional Ra­mazan Fes­tiv­i­ties, hosted by the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Keçiören. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gramme has been or­ga­nized by the Pak­istan Em­bassy in Ankara, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pak­istani stu­dents in the city. Chair­man of Pak­istan-Tur­key Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion and AK Party Mem­ber Par­lia­ment from Van Mr. Burhan Kay­atürk, Am­bas­sador of Pak­istan to Tur­key Mr. Sohail Mah­mood, Keçiören Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mayor Mr. Mustafa Ak, and Fed­er­a­tion open­ing cer­e­mony of Pak­istan House (Pav­il­ion). A di­verse range of Pak­istani prod­ucts in­clud­ing cof­fee ta­ble books, tex­tiles, tra­di­tional hand­i­crafts, dresses, truck art, pho­to­graphic dis­play of Tur­key-Pak­istan re­la­tions, and tourism ma­te­ri­als are on dis­play un­til 6 July 2015. At the out­set of the cer­e­mony, Am­bas­sador Sohail Mah­mood pre­sented na­tional dress of Pak­istan to Mayor Mustafa Ak, which he wore dur­ing the en­tire pro­gramme. Dur­ing his speech, Am­bas­sador Sohail Mah­mood high­lighted the spe­cial na­ture of Pak­istan-Tur­key re­la­tions and the im­mor­tal bonds be­tween the two na­tions, nur­tured by each suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tion. He added that the pro­mo­tion of bi­lat­eral cul­tural col­lab­o­ra­tion and peo­ple-topeo­ple ex­changes were among the key pri­or­i­ties of both the gov­ern­ments. The Am­bas­sador also thanked Tur­key, par­tic­u­larly the Mayor and peo­ple of Keçiören, for plant­ing trees in mem­ory ofthe school­child­ren and staff mar­tyred in a bru­tal ter­ror­ist at­tack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in De­cem­ber 2014. “This ges­ture of sol­i­dar­ity has made a per­ma­nent place for you in the hearts of over 190 mil­lion Pak­ista­nis,” he added. Mr. Burhan Kay­aturk in his speech re­ferred to long­stand­ing re­la­tions be­tween Pak­istan and Tur­key, not­ing that the works of Pak­istan’s na­tional poet Al­lama Muham­mad Iqbal also high­lighted the love and af­fec­tion be­tween the two peo­ples. He re­ferred to the sup­port ex­tended by the Mus­lims of the Sub Con­ti­nent to the Turk­ish na­tion dur­ing its War of In­de­pen­dence. Mayor Mustafa Ak high­lighted the im­por­tance of Keçiören Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s in­ter­na­tional fes­tiv­i­ties pro­gramme, stat­ing that it helped bring friendly coun­tries even closer. He ex­pressed spe­cial de­light at Pak­istan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in their 6th In­ter­na­tional Ramzan Fes­tiv­i­ties this year. Later, stu­dents from Pak­istan Em­bassy School and oth­ers study­ing at var­i­ous Univer­si­ties in Ankara pre­sented a cul­tural show. The per­for­mances por­trayed the rich and di­verse cul­tures of the four prov­inces of Pak­istan. The au­di­ence heartily ap­plauded the out­stand­ing per­for­mances ren­dered by stu­dents. A par­tic­u­lar at­trac­tion at Pak­istan Pav­il­ion was the Bee­tle car, with unique truck art of Pak­istan, with which visi­tors of all ages en­thu­si­as­ti­cally took pho­to­graphs. Fe­male visi­tors also availed them­selves of the free henna of­fered at Pak­istan Pav­il­ion.

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