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Colours of Pakistan through the eyes of Turks

Colours of Pakistan through the eyes of Turks

ANKARA : A photography exhibition titled “Colours of Pakistan – Seen Through the Eyes of Turks” was launched in Ankara. The Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara has organized this exhibition in collaboration with the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, as part of Pakistan’s 69th Independence Day celebrations.
President of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) Dr. Serdar Çam was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony. A large number of Turkish dignitaries including Member of the Parliament and President of Pakistan-Turkey Cultural Association Mr. Burhan Kayaturk, Undersecretary of the Ministry of EU Affairs Mr. Engin Soysal, members of Pakistan community and general public attended the opening ceremony. Senior officials from the Turkish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture and members of the diplomatic corps were also present.
Addressing guests at the launching ceremony, Dr. Serdar Çam said TIKA was keen to play a major role in promoting economic and cultural ties with Pakistan. He also lauded Turkish photographers for their excellent efforts to introduce Pakistan to Turkey through their photographs.
In his remarks on the occasion, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Sohail Mahmood highlighted the special nature of Pakistan-Turkey relations. He stated that expanding bilateral cultural collaboration and people-to-people exchanges were among the central priorities, apart from fortifying political and economic ties.
4 Ambassador Sohail Mahmood Presenting a Pakistani handicraft to President of TIKA
Commending the photographic works on display, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood said the photographers’ observant eyes had captured remarkable images of Pakistan. He said these exhibits illustrated the natural beauty of Pakistan, the vibrancy of its people, and the diversity and richness of its culture. “These artistic illustrations highlight many sides of Pakistan, which at times tend to get obscured in a media blitz thriving on stereotyping,” he added.
Comprising 100 photographs, the Exhibition features the works of Veli UÇMAZ – a producer in Turkish Radio & Television; Mr. Ahmet ERKAN – Anadolu Agency correspondent; Mr. Tunç FINDIK – Turkey’s national mountaineer who has scaled K-2 and many other peaks in Pakistan; Mr. Mehmet OKUTAN – leading fashion and cultural photographer; and Fethi ETEM – Turkey’s Deputy Head of Mission in Prague and former Consul General in Karachi. On the sidelines, video documentaries on Pakistan prepared by Mr. Levent Recep ÖZTÜRK are also on display. The Exhibition will continue till 21 August at the Metro Sanat Galerisi, Kızılay, Ankara.
5 Guests during the inaugural ceremony of photography exhibition at Ankara on Friday evening

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