Ankara, 23rd March 2023
NATIONAL DAY OF PAKISTAN COMMEMORATED ON NAVAL SHIP MOAWIN WHICH ARRIVED WITH EARTHQUAKE RELIEF ASSISTANCE SUPPLIES FROM PAKISTAN TO MERSIN PORT
As a gesture of solidarity, in wake of recent earthquakes in Turkiye, the National Day of Pakistan was commemorated on a naval ship Moawin, which arrived with the earthquake relief assistance supplies from Pakistan at Mersin today.
The Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkiye, Dr, Yousaf Junaid raised the flag to the tune of the National Anthem in presence of Deputy Minister for National Defence Şuay Alpay , Deputy Minister for Interior Ismail Çatakli , Governor Mersin Ali Hamza Pehlivan, distinguished Turkish guests, crew of the naval ship and media. Messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out on the occasion.
Addressing the audience, Ambassador Junaid stated that fraternal Pakistan Turkiye relationship is founded on common faith, cultural and linguistic affinities and a shared history. The colors of two flags may differ, yet the symbols of the Crescent and the Star are one and the same. March 23 is an important day for Pakistan & so is the solidarity with our Turkish brothers , therefore, we decided to commemorate our national day on the ship which arrived from Pakistan this morning carrying earthquake relief assistance supplies.
On this day in 1940, Lahore Resolution which later came to be known as Pakistan Resolution, demanding a separate state for the Muslims of the subcontinent was adopted. The dream envisaged on 23rd March 1940 became a reality on 14th August 1947 in form of Pakistan. It is a day to pay tribute to the sacrifices of our founding fathers, introspect and renew our commitment to the real objectives of the creation of Pakistan, the ambassador added.
In their speeches, Deputy Minister for Defence , Deputy Minister for Interior and Governor Mersin thanked the Pakistani nation and leadership for solidarity with Turkiye. Turkish people wont forget the support , Pakistan has extended & Turkiye will be standing with Pakistan till eternity, they added.
Pakistan continues to send earthquake relief assistance supplies to brotherly Turkiye through air, land and sea, PNS Moawin is the second ship that has arrived with tons of earthquake relief supplies from Pakistan. Another ship, PNS Nasr arrived at Mersin on Monday. A special chartered flight operation , that commenced on 11th March 2023 has transported over 40,000 winterized tents to Turkiye via 31 flights as of 22nd March 2023.
Earlier, 10 special aircrafts and 21- truck convoy has brought earthquake relief assistance supplies including approx 10,000 tents and 35,000 blankets to Turkiye. In total, over 55000 tents and 95000 blankets have arrived in Turkiye and more are on way.
Pakistan will continue its relief operations till complete recovery and rehabilitation, as stated by the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.