Saturday, September 29, 2018

'Jinnah Young Writers Awards' held in Ankara

Jinnah Young Writers Awards
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ISLAMABAD: Awards ceremony for the third edition of ‘Jinnah Young Writers Awards’ essay competition was held in Ankara on Friday.

Turkey’s Minister for National Education Ziya Selçuk was the chief guest on the occasion, says a press release received here from Ankara.

The award ceremony, named after the Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, is the initiative of the Pakistan Embassy, organized in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education of Turkey.

The theme for this year’s competition was “Brotherly Country Pakistan where History and Tourism Meet.”

A total of 78 short-listed essays were received for the competition from 44 provinces across Turkey.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Ziya Selçuk said that Pakistan occupied a very special place in the eyes of the people of Turkey.

He mentioned that the Jinnah Young Writers Awards competition would create further awareness about the unique Pakistan-Turkey relations, which were deep-rooted in history. He proposed holding a similar competition in Pakistan.

Minister Ziya Selçuk added that Pakistan and Turkey had supported each other throughout history, emphasizing that Turkey would not forget the support given by the people of Pakistan during Turkish War of Independence, Çanakkale War, and the failed coup of July 15, 2016.

Ambassador Syrus Sajjad Qazi in his remarks said Jinnah Young Writers Awards was a key feature of the embassy’s public diplomacy [JB emphasis] efforts. He felicitated the participating students for their deep thinking, high quality information, and passion and perspective contained in the essays and termed their efforts as a valuable contribution to the Pakistan-Turkey relationship.

Brief introductory documentary on Pakistan and Turkey was also shown to the audience. Senior officials of the Ministry of Education, representatives of various Turkish institutions, students, their parents and media representatives attended the event.

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