Pres­i­dent con­fers Nis­han-i-Im­tiaz on Turk­ish armed forces Com­man­der

The Pak Banker - - NA­TIONAL -

Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain con­ferred the award of Nis­han-i-Im­tiaz (Mil­i­tary) on Gen­eral Hu­lusi Akar, Com­man­der of the Turk­ish Armed Forces in a spe­cial cer­e­mony held here at the Ai­wan-e-Sadr, Is­lam­abad on Wed­nes­day.

The Pres­i­dent dec­o­rated Gen­eral Hu­lusi Akar, Com­man­der of the Turk­ish Armed Forces in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing ser­vices and con­tri­bu­tions in deep­en­ing and strength­en­ing re­la­tions be­tween the Armed forces of Pak­istan and Turkey and for en­hanc­ing strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

The spe­cial in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony was at­tended by Chair­man Joint Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee Gen­eral Rashad Mah­mood, Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif, Sec­re­tary De­fence and Am­bas­sador of Turkey to Pak­istan.

Later, Gen­eral Hu­lusi Akar called on Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain and dis­cussed mat­ters of mu­tual in­ter­est. The Pres­i­dent con­grat­u­lated Com­man­der of the Turk­ish Armed Forces on be­ing con­ferred with Nis­han-i-Im­tiaz (M) and ap­pre­ci­ated his ser­vices in strength­en­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two broth­erly coun­tries.

Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain con­veyed his con­do­lences on the sui­ci­dal at­tacks in Is­tan­bul and Ankara and high­lighted Pak­istan's com­mit­ment in erad­i­cat­ing ex­trem­ism through Na­tional Ac­tion Plan and op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb.

Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain said that the peo­ple of Pak­istan and Turkey are bound to­gether in very old and strong bonds of broth­er­hood based on shared re­li­gious, cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal affini­ties. The Pres­i­dent re­it­er­ated Pak­istan's strong de­sire to fur­ther strengthen its part­ner­ship with Turkey in de­fence. The Pres­i­dent also lauded the demo­cratic ini­tia­tives of Mr. Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, the Pres­i­dent of Repub­lic of Turkey.

The Pres­i­dent ap­pre­ci­ated the Turk­ish par­tic­i­pa­tion in tri­lat­eral process for bring­ing peace in Afghanistan and re­it­er­ated Pak­istan's de­sire for peaceful and sta­ble Afghanistan through Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process.

Gen­eral Hu­lusi Akar, Com­man­der of the Turk­ish Armed Forces thanked the Pres­i­dent and the Govern­ment of Pak­istan on be­ing awarded with NI (M) and hoped that bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries would be taken to new heights in the fu­ture.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain said that the "Ten Year Plan" de­vel­oped by COM­STECH for the devel­op­ment of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) mem­ber states will help im­prove the gen­eral liv­ing stan­dards of the com­mon peo­ple.

The Pres­i­dent said this in a meet­ing with the Co­or­di­na­tor Gen­eral of the OIC's Min­is­te­rial Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Scientific and Tech­no­log­i­cal Co­op­er­a­tion Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan at the Ai­wan-e-Sadr, Is­lam­abad on Wed­nes­day.

Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain said that Pak­istan is play­ing a lead­ing role in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in the Mus­lim world and much needed at­ten­tion in all rel­e­vant ar­eas is es­sen­tial for fur­ther im­prove­ment. The Pres­i­dent lauded the "Ten Year Plan" de­vel­oped by COM­STECH for the pro­mo­tion of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy and sug­gested that to gain max­i­mum ben­e­fit from such ini­tia­tives they need to be im­ple­mented care­fully so that each Is­lamic coun­try can adopt it ac­cord­ing to their own cir­cum­stances.

On this oc­ca­sion, the Co­or­di­na­tor Gen­eral of COM­STECH Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan ap­prised the Pres­i­dent on prepa­ra­tions for the forth­com­ing meet­ings of COM­STECH's Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil and Gen­eral Assem­bly. The Pres­i­dent di­rected that com­plete prepa­ra­tion must be made for th­ese meet­ings so that con­crete mea­sures can be taken for the pro­mo­tion of scientific and tech­no­log­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Is­lamic coun­tries and the Mus­lim world.

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