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Turkish Air Force commander lauds steps taken by PAF towards indigenization


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Commander of Turkish Air Force General Hasan Kucukakyuz praised the measures taken by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) towards indigenization, Radio Pakistan reported on Wednesday. During his visit to Pakistan, Turkish Air Force Commander Kucukakyuz called on Pakistan’s Air Chief Mujahid Anwar Khan, who received him at the Air Headquarters.

The two air chiefs sat down to discuss bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey, alongside matters of regional peace and security. Accompanied by a high-level Turkish delegation, the Turkish commander praised the abilities of the Pakistan Air Force, particularly its efforts towards indigenization.

President Alvi stressed that there was a vast potential of investments in Pakistan, particularly in the sectors of infrastructure, energy and food processing.

PAF Chief Mujahid Anwar Khan admired Turkey’s support during the difficult time of regional tensions, and lauded that Turkey had always stood by Pakistan in “the hour of need”.

Nishan-i-Imtiaz Conferred

Turkish Air Force Commander General Hasan Kucukakyuz also called on the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, who conferred the commander with Nishan-i-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan’s most prestigious civil decorations.

President Alvi stressed that Pakistan and Turkey were bound together by an unparalleled bond of friendship, and their fraternal relationship was embedded with shared cultural values and religious heritage.

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President Arif Alvi lauded Turkey’s support during the recent surge of tensions with India in the wake of the Pulwama attack. He also highlighted the need for two countries to strengthen their bilateral relations, practically in terms of trade and investment. President Alvi stressed that there was a vast potential of investments in Pakistan, particularly in the sectors of infrastructure, energy and food processing.

In February, Turkey had offered to play a role in mediating tensions between Pakistan and India in the wake of the dogfight that ensued on 27th February, and resulted in the shooting down of two Indian Air Force fighter jets, of which one landed in Pakistan’s Kashmir valley, leading to the capture of the Indian pilot.

Accompanied by a high-level Turkish delegation, the Turkish commander praised the abilities of the Pakistan Air Force, particularly its efforts towards indigenization.

Turkey proved itself to be a reliable ally and friend throughout a tense period of hostility between Islamabad and New Delhi, reinstating its commitment to Pakistan and even criticizing India’s admittance to the OIC.

Earlier on Sunday, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser had lauded the remarks of Turkish Speaker, Professor Dr. Mustafa Sentop, who had expressed Turkey’s support to the plight of the suppressed people of Indian-occupied Kashmir in their struggle for their justified right for self-determination.

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NA Speaker Asad Qaiser had stated that Pakistan and Turkey were bound in an eternal friendship, and he lauded the Turkish leadership and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for taking a bold stance over the atrocities committed against Muslims across the world.

Mina Jahangir with additional input by News Desk.

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