Diplomatic: (Turkey to continue strong support for reconstruction, rehabilitation of earthquake affected areas: Envoy)


ISLAMABAD: Turkish Ambassador Sadiq Babar reiterated Turkish government determination for technical, moral and other support to earthquake affected people and families in Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to a press release, he expressed these views at the occasion of laying floral wreath at Ankara Park monument of Turkish shaheed near Rawal Chowk on Thursday. At the occasion he said Turkish engineers scarified their lives during rescue operation in Muzaffarabad after horrific earthquake.

We were the first country which started rescue operation immediately to help our brothers in this situation, because Pakistani forefathers, 100 year ago rendered remarkable support to the Turkish nation when we were in dire need, he remarked .

At the occasion hundred of people were also present in the park to commemorate Turkish shaheed in rescue operation. Acting Deputy Chairman Brig Abu Bakr Bajwa said at the ceremony that Pakistani nation will remember services of Turkish engineers among those three embraced shahadat which included Genk Yaken, Ufuk Arsan and Kennon.

He said Turkish government not only actively participated in rescue and rehabilitation process but also has build 30 educational facilities in AJK and KP which cost of US $ 52.073 million. He added that for health facilities 6 basic health units were constructed in Bagh and Muzaffarabad.

He said well designed and fine-looking district government complex was also built in Muzaffarabad with a cost of US dollar 43.585 million. He said that traditional Turkish mosque was constructed in Bagh city which alluring faithful to offer prayers.

At the occasion Turkish ambassador said that October 8 earthquake was a big tragedy and government and people of Pakistan valiantly and courageously turned this tragedy into an opportunity and build back better structures in these affected areas.

At the end fatiha was offered for the departed souls of October 08, 2005earthquake martyrs particularly the Turkish engineers who sacrificed their life to rescue trapped Pakistanis in building debris.