Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain conferred the award of Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) upon General Akin Ozturk, Commander Turkish Air Force, during a special investiture ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday.
The President conferred the award on General Akin Ozturk in recognition of his role and outstanding services for further promoting the already existing close bonds of friendship between Pakistan and Turkey.
The ceremony was attended among others by Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of Air Staff, Dr. Nazir Saeed, Secretary Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage and Mr. Abdul Rauf Chaudhry, Federal Tax Ombudsman.
Turkish ambassador in Pakistan Mr. Sadik Babur Girgin and senior officials of Turkish embassy were also present.
The citation read on the occasion said “General Akin Ozturk being an accomplished military leader and a distinguished Aviator, has personally broadened the scope of interaction and played a significant role in promoting and strengthening the bonds of goodwill and cooperation between the Air Forces of Pakistan and Turkey.
In recognition of his meritorious services and contributions towards strengthening the goodwill and cooperation between the two Air Forces, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been pleased to confer the award of Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) upon General Akin Ozturk, Commander Turkish Air Force.”
Later, General Akin Ozturk called on President along with his delegation and discussed matters relating to Pakistan- Turkey bilateral relations particularly defence cooperation between the two countries.
The President said that people and Government of Pakistan highly value the fraternal and multifaceted relations with Turkey and that Pakistan was keen to further strengthen trade, investment and defence cooperation with Turkey.
The President said that there exist a huge potential to boost and further deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries with focus on enhancing commercial, investment and defence ties.
General Akin Ozturk, Commander Turkish Air Force, thanked the President and government of Pakistan for decorating him with the award of Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) and assured that defence cooperation between the two countries would grow with each passing day.