Pakistani poet Amjad Islam Amjad receives prestigious Turkish award

Web Desk 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.

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USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar as IMF talks underway

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar as the market is looking for direction amid Pakistan’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Amid the economic uncertainty, the local currency remained unchanged against the greenback, moving up 0.01 percent during the opening hours of trading. Before noon, PKR was hovering at 285.40 in the interbank.

In contrast to the inter-bank, the dollar continued its upward trajectory in the open market and is reportedly available at Rs315, as the gap between the official rate and open market rate is Rs30 per dollar.

As the money market is waiting for a positive development from the economic front, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Pakistan said they continued engagement with Islamabad focusing on the restoration of foreign exchange proper market functioning, with special on the upcoming budget.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 30 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,510.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Karachi PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Islamabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Peshawar PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Quetta PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sialkot PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Attock PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujranwala PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Jehlum PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Multan PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Bahawalpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujrat PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nawabshah PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Chakwal PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Hyderabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nowshehra PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sargodha PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Faisalabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Mirpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500


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