Pakistan Navy welcomed Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar with the Ottoman military music during his visit to Pakistan Navy facilities in Karachi, reported Turkey-based media outlet, TRT World, on Monday.
The news outlet also shared the video of the Pakistan Navy performance on its Twitter account. The ceremony was held on Sunday, October 25th,2020. Pakistani Defense and Production Minister, Zubaidah Jalal, was also present in the ceremony. The Keel of the third MILGEM-class corvette that Turkey sold to Pakistan was laid on Sunday in a ceremony attended by top defense officials of both sides.
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was greeted with Ottoman military music during his visit to the training facilities of the Pakistan Navy in Karachi pic.twitter.com/3J2RYnMUNE
— TRT World (@trtworld) October 26, 2020
Turkish Defense Minister, Akar, addressed the ceremony and stressed the historical and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey. He said both countries share ‘excellent’ relations.
He added that:” Pakistani people, because of their invaluable support during our war of independence, have a special place in our hearts and minds. Turkish people will never forget the generosity of the Pakistani people with whom we’re always together both in good and bad times.
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“It is very meaningful and valuable for us to see that today, you are also standing beside the Azerbaijani Turks. Turkey has always stood beside Pakistan’s rightful cause for Kashmir and will continue to do so.”
Whereas, Ottoman military bands are thought to be the oldest variety of military marching bands in the world. The Pakistan Navy’s performance of playing Ottoman Military Music highlights the ambitious plan of Turkey to revive the great Ottoman empire.
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Earlier, in August, a former lawmaker from Turkey’s ruling party, AK, released a map of “Greater Turkey” that goes back to the era of the Seljuk Empire and its defeat of the Byzantine Empire in the 1071 Battle of Manzikert. The map included territories of northern Greece to the east of Aegean Island, half of Bulgaria, Cyprus, parts of Armenia, and large areas of Georgia, Iraq, and Syria.
GVS News Desk