Turkey helps furnishes two schools in Azad Kashmir for 550
Turkey state aid agency has furnished two schools of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) in Rawalakot and Banjosa regions where around 550 students are studying.
The project by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and KEF was inaugurated by President of AJK Masood Khan, Turkish Ambassador Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, TİKA Pakistan Coordinator Gökhan Umut, Senior Joint Secretary of Economic Affairs Division Awais Nauman Kundi and attended by senior officials, teachers from KEF and students from the foundation schools.
President Masood Khan, in his speech expressed gratitude to Turkey on immediate help after the earthquake. Turkey was the first country there for rehabilitation work before any other and Turkey has done wonderful job, he noted. “There are many paces named as Turkish Square, Turkish building and Turkish corner in Muzaffarabad today” which demonstrates love for the Turkish people in the valley.
Masood Khan also pointed out the importance given by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Kashmir issue. “Recep Tayyip Erdogan, few years back in his parliament speech in Pakistan, said that Kashmiris should determine their own destiny and also raised the issue during his visit to India. After India’s step on 5 August 2019 in Jammu Kashmir, he raised the issue boldly at the United Nations meeting”. Khan also expressed that he is following TİKA activities in Pakistan and that the aid agency is making important contributions especially in the field of education.
Turkish Ambassador Yurdakul said the all Turkish institutions and organizations and TIKA particularly are doing their best to meet the needs of friendly and brotherly country Pakistan as a fundamental task. “People of Turkey and Pakistan stand together in times of grief and happiness,” he remarked.
TİKA Pakistan Coordinator Gökhan Umut briefed about the activities of TİKA in Pakistan and also expressed the efforts in uplifting the economic, agriculture, vocational training centres and health care services in Pakistan are being carried out by TİKA.
During the program students of Kashmir Education Foundation Schools took part in performances displaying Turkish and Pakistani cultures.