PR No.230 Islamabad: March 25, 2016

President Mamnoon Hussain conferred the award of Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) on General Abidin Ünal, Commander of the Turkish Air Forces in a special ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Friday.

The President decorated General Abidin Ünal, Commander of the Turkish Air Forces in recognition of his outstanding services and contributions in deepening and strengthening relations between the air forces of Pakistan and Turkey and for enhancing strategic cooperation between the two countries.

The special investiture ceremony was attended by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan, Secretary Defence and senior civil and military officers.

Later, General Abidin Ünal called on President Mamnoon Hussain and discussed matters of mutual interest. The President congratulated Commander of the Turkish Air Forces on being conferred with Nishan-i-Imtiaz (M) and appreciated his services in strengthening relations between the two brotherly countries.

President Mamnoon Hussain said that the people of Pakistan and Turkey are bound together in very old and strong bonds of brotherhood based on shared religious, cultural and historical affinities. The President lauded the constructive role and efforts of Turkey in ushering in peace and stability in Afghanistan.

President Mamnoon Hussain called for joint efforts by Turkey and Pakistan to fight the scourge of terrorism for peace and stability not only in the region but also the entire world. The President condemned the bomb blasts in Brussels and said that such acts of terrorism are against the humanity.

General Abidin Ünal, Commander of the Turkish Air Forces thanked the President and the Government of Pakistan on being awarded with NI (M) and hoped that bilateral relations between the two countries would be taken to new heights in future.