Turkish Embassy marks 94th year of Turkish Republic with celebration in Islamabad
Turkey marked its independence day in Islamabad at a reception held at the Safa Gold Mall in Islamabad on 29 October 2017.
Turkish Ambassador Sadik Babur Girgin greeted the local and foreign guests at an event held to mark the Turkish Republic Day on Saturday. The celebration, arranged by the Turkish embassy in Islamabad, marked Turkey’s Republic Day and 94th anniversary of the establishment of Republic.
The event also included a photography exhibition portraying the beauty of different Turkish cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Konya, Antalya and Cappadocia.
The Pakistani shoppers were surprised to see the city’s top shopping mall adorned with red and white balloons as well as flags of Turkey and Pakistan. Ordinary shoppers cherished the festivity and also enjoyed a bite of the delicious ‘birthday cake’.
After the cake cutting, the Turkish Ambassador thanked the Pakistani audience for joining the festivity.
“Pakistan and Turkey have always been there for each other” and the warm relations shared by two brotherly countries will only enhance with time. He also noted that people of Turkey and Pakistan are closer because of similar cultural values.
Safa Gold Mall’s general manager, Moshin Masood, said Safa Mall was proud to celebrate the Turkish Independence day as “it creates goodwill and promotes people-to-people contact,” he said.
A representative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry also attended the ceremony and spoke about the importance of trade relations between Pakistan and Turkey.
The festivity was greatly appreciated by Pakistanis. “I love Turkish food and like to watch Turkish dramas as well. I hope I will visit beautiful cities of Turkey someday” said a visitor, Saba Ahmed, pointing at the stunning photographs from Turkey.
“Organizing such events at places like a mall where the common man has easy access is a great way to promote ties with other countries” she added.
The Turkey’s Republic Day celebrates Oct. 29, 1923, when the Turkish Parliament amended the constitution to change the system of government to a republic. It concluded the four-year independence war against several countries and officially marked the end of the Ottoman Empire.