Pakistan will confer the country's prestigious award to a Turkish lawmaker, Ali Sahin, in recognition of his services to promoting friendship between the two countries.
"President Mr Arif Alvi honored me with Sitar-e-Quaid-e-Azam award which will be presented to me on Aug. 14, on the country's Independence Day," Sahin told Anadolu Agency.
Sahin, who is a member of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, studied in Pakistan and speaks Urdu.
He is chairman of the Pakistan-Turkey friendship parliamentary group.
When Sahin served as Turkey’s deputy EU minister in early 2016, Manra Bibi, a Pakistani mother, wrote to him seeking the return of the body of her son Salman Khan, who had died along the Turkish-Bulgarian border.
Sahin made sure the body got back to the grieving mother, an act widely-covered and praised in the Pakistani media.
The Pakistani state award is presented to politicians, artists, athletes, scholars, and business people who add value to the country’s foreign relations.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.