Turkey’s centenary: PM Kakkar pays tribute to Turks on 100th Republic Day

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and acting Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar.  - Bloomberg/PID
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and acting Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar. – Bloomberg/PID
  • “Turkey has made impressive progress,” says PM Kakar.
  • He said, Pakistan celebrates with Turkish brothers and sisters.
  • “Pak-Turk relationship beats in the hearts of two peoples.”

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar on Sunday congratulated Turkey on the occasion of completing its centenary and praised the steadfastness and determination of the country’s people.

PM Modi greeted the Turkish nation on its 100th Republic Day and praised them for completing this major milestone, preserving their independence and inspiring freedom-loving people across the world.

The interim Prime Minister praised the dynamic leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan under whom the country is undergoing an economic transformation. He also praised them for using change to promote mutually reinforcing goals of peace and prosperity, he said, which received global recognition.

X, East On Twitter, PM Kakkar wrote: “On behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan, I extend warm greetings to the brotherly people of Turkey on the auspicious occasion of the centenary of the Republic of Turkey.”

As the Republic of Turkey was first proclaimed by the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara on October 29, 1923, the Prime Minister further wrote, this momentous occasion marked the culmination of the Turkish nation’s heroic struggle for independence under the leadership of the charismatic Ghazi Mustafa. Also marked. He said, Kemal Ataturk.

“During the last hundred years, Turkey has made impressive progress in all spheres of life,” Kakar posted on Twitter.

He said, as the Republic of Turkey celebrates its centenary, we, in Pakistan, rejoice with our Turkish brothers and sisters on their innumerable achievements.

PM Kakkar highlighted that Pakistan and Turkey share a bond of brotherhood rooted in enduring ties of religion, culture and history.

The Prime Minister shared the long-standing relations of Pakistan and Turkey by highlighting a quote from Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Kakar quoted Jinnah as saying, “The Muslims of Pakistan have a feeling of affection and respect for your country, and now both Turkey and Pakistan, as free, sovereign and independent countries, wish to further develop their relations for the good of both.” Can strengthen.”

“It is a matter of great satisfaction that our bilateral relations are growing stronger with each passing day. He said that institutional mechanisms including the High-level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) and the Strategic Economic Framework (SEF) have provided defence, “Leadership-driven, people-centric and future-oriented focus to advance bilateral partnership in sectors such as economy, health, education, agriculture, tourism and culture.”

The Prime Minister noted that the unique aspect of the Pakistan-Turkey relationship is that it beats in the hearts of two peoples.

“We have stood by each other in every trial and crisis – from the devastating earthquake in southern Turkey in February 2023, to the massive floods in Pakistan in 2010 and 2022 and the earthquake in 2005, the abundant solidarity we have expressed And the support the people of both our countries have for their needy brothers represents a continuing story of love and devotion unmatched in inter-state relations,” Kakar said.

The Pakistani Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s enduring commitment to further strengthen multi-dimensional strategic ties with Turkey, especially in the economic sphere.

“We have already taken concrete steps in this direction, including the signing of the Trade in Goods Agreement (TGA) and the Strategic Economic Framework (SEF), he said, adding that undoubtedly, strong economic partnerships and strong connectivity will be central to our operations. Will serve as important pillars for. bilateral relations in the days and years to come,” he wrote on X.

Kakar, in his message to the Turkish nation, said that the people of Pakistan pray for the continued prosperity and progress of the Turkish nation during the second century of the Great Turkish Republic.

The Prime Minister said, “The special relationship between our two countries will continue to flourish in times to come.”

Celebrations dimmed by Türkiye’s mourning for Gaza

Turkey celebrated its centenary of the post-Ottoman Republic today with somewhat muted celebrations in the shadow of Israel’s escalating war with Hamas resistance forces in Gaza.

President Erdogan will be front and center at the daylong events, which honor the founder of the secular republic and highlight the achievements of the Islamic-rooted party that has ruled Turkey since 2002.

Erdogan and World War I-era military commander Mustafa Kemal Atatürk have become key figures in the modern Turkish state.

Atatürk is admired throughout Turkish society for repelling the invading forces after World War I and building a new nation from the ruins of the fallen Ottoman Empire.

Turkey was formed as a Western-facing nation that removed religion from its state institutions and tried to create a modern new identity from its myriad ethnic groups. It eventually became a proud member of the US-led NATO defense alliance and a symbol of democratic hopes in the Middle East.

But Atatürk’s social and geopolitical transformation of the overwhelmingly Muslim nation created divisions that weigh on Turkish politics to this day. Erdogan took advantage of these, leading his conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) to take power over the leftist Republican People’s Party (CHP) formed by Ataturk.

He has spent much of the last decade examining the limits of Turkey’s secular traditions as well as its relations with the West.

These competing forces will be on full display as Erdogan will begin the day by paying tribute to Ataturk – and end it by overseeing celebrations of Turkey’s recent achievements while he was prime minister and president.

– Additional input by AFP

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