Pakistani poet Amjad Islam Amjad receives prestigious Turkish award

03:41 PM | 23 Dec, 2019
Pakistani poet Amjad Islam Amjad receives prestigious Turkish award

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan felicitated Amjad Islam Amjad, the noted Pakistani writer and poet who received the prestigious "Nacip Fazil International Culture & Art Award" during an impressive ceremony held in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Turkish president, on the occasion, said that Amjad was one of the noted poets of modern Urdu literature and a prominent figure from Pakistan, who apart from literature, had a career in journalism and scriptwriting.

About the close brotherly ties between Turkey and Pakistan, he said the relationship between the two countries was based on mutual benefits. Turkey-Pakistan friendship was exemplary for the entire world as it was based on sincerity and solidarity, he added.

President Erdogan said that the heart-to-heart Turkey-Pakistan brotherly ties would be further strengthened in the future.

Vice President Fuat Oktay, Culture & Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Treasury & Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul, Minister for Family & Social Welfare Zehra Zumrut Selcuk, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kaln, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya, Star newspaper Editor-in-Chief Nuh Albayrak as well as leading literary figures and media personalities attended the ceremony, a press release received here Sunday said.

Pakistan's Ambassador to Turkey Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi was also present.

Earlier, Amjad Islam Amjad received his award from Treasury & Finance Minister Berat Albayrak. The Necip Fazil International Culture & Art Award is organized by Turkey's leading newspaper "Star" under the auspicious of Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism annually.

Pakistan's distinguished literary figure Amjad Islam Amjad was selected by the Award jury for his contribution in creating a remarkable impression in the literary and artistic world.

In his speech, Amjad thanked the jury for considering his works for the prestigious award and said Turkey was close to their hearts.

He said receiving this award in presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a great honour. "I consider Erdogan as the greatest leader of the Muslim world in present times," he said.

He hoped to see a translation centre of Muslims and third world countries for a better understanding of their common and mutual problems.

Separately, felicitating him, Ambassador Syrus Qazi said that the Nacip Fazil Award was an acknowledgement of Amjad Islam's outstanding contributions in the literary field.

He also highlighted the depth of love, affection and respect among the Turkish people and leadership for Pakistan and its people.

The Awards are organized to honour the cultural and literary heritage of the idealist, poet and thinker Necip Fazl who was one of the great poets of Turkey. His poetry, fiction and political writings had a profound impact on the new generations of Turkey.

President Erdogan congratulated recipients of the awards including poet Ibrahim Tenekeci, writer Cemal akar, poet Meryem, short-story writer Emin Gurdamur, etc. Amjad Islam Amjad was the only foreign recipient of Necip Fazil Award.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 3, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 3, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 3, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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