President confers Nishan-i-Imtiaz (M) award on Chief of Turkish General Staff

President confers Nishan-i-Imtiaz (M) award on Chief of Turkish General Staff

Islamabad (Web Desk/Agencies): President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday conferred the Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) award on Chief of Turkish General Staff, General Metin Gurak in recognition of his illustrious services and contribution to strengthening Pakistan-Turkiye defence relations.

The award was conferred at a special investiture ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr and attended by services chiefs and parliamentarians.

As per the citation read out at the ceremony, General Metin Gurak is an officer of high intellect and his excellent administrative qualities earned him the reputation of being a courageous and professionally competent officer. General Metin Gurak has played a vital role for implementing peace and stability around Turkiye.

General Gurak, during his outstanding military career served on different staff and command appointments which prominently include Commander of 2nd Armored Brigade, Chief of Communication Department of TGS, Commander of Military Academy, Commander of Army Aviation School, Commander of 4th Corps, Commander of Land Forces TRADOC, Communications Services Support Training, Chief of Staff of Land Forces Command and Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in 2015. In recognition of his excellent services and outstanding achievements, he was promoted to the rank of General in 2020 and served as 2nd Army Commander before being appointed as Chief of Turkish General Staff in August 2023.

General is sincere and close friend of Pakistan. He has played a prominent role in promoting and strengthening defence relations between both brotherly countries.

Separately, Turkish Chief of General Staff, General Metin Gurak, along with his delegation, called on President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad today.

The president said Pakistan is committed to further deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with Turkiye in all areas of common interest.

He emphasized increasing bilateral cultural exchanges, particularly in the areas of literature and poetry, to bring the two peoples further closer.

The president highlighted that Turkiye is a sincere friend of Pakistan and both countries enjoy deep fraternal ties, which need to be further strengthened.

He expressed satisfaction over the existing level of bilateral cooperation as the Pak-Turkiye ties are on an upward trajectory marked by increased high-level exchanges.

has called for enhancing road and railway connectivity between Pakistan and Turkiye to further promote people-to-people contacts between the two brotherly countries.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, and Ambassador of Turkiye to Pakistan, Dr Mehmet Pacaci were also present on the occasion.