ANKARA: The Embassy of Pakistan, Turkish Language Institution (TDK) and Urdu Department of Ankara University jointly organised a book launching ceremony of “Urdu Türkçe – Türkçe Urdu Sözlük” on Thursday.
The dictionary has been compiled by Prof Dr Ahmad Bakhtiar Ashraf of Ankara University and Prof Dr Celal Soydan of Istanbul University.
A message of Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz was also read on the occasion. Commending the authors for their research work, Aziz stated that the dictionary would be useful for learners of Turkish in Pakistan and for the Turks who want to be educated about Urdu language and literature. He added that publication of such books helps further nurture the centuries’ old brotherly ties between the peoples of Pakistan and Turkey.
Messages of Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Prof Dr Numan Kurtulmu and Turkish Grand National Assembly member Ali ?ahin were also read out to the audience. Ambassador of Pakistan Sohail Mahmood in his keynote speech praised the hard work of the authors and co-organizers of the event. He said that Dr Ashraf is a well-known literary figure in the entire region, who was previously the Bahauddin Zakariya University’s Urdu Department chairman and a respected educationist with over 24 books to his credit. He also paid rich tributes to the services of Prof Dr Celal Soydan who was the first Turk to have completed his master’s degree in Urdu from Oriental College of Punjab University. Prof Soydan has also translated into Turkish the entire Diwan of Mirza Ghalib apart from translating the Urdu work of Pakistan’s national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
Ambassador Sohail Mahmood said that today’s event was one of the many events planned by the Embassy in the domain of cultural diplomacy. He informed that arrangements were underway for Turkish translation of the works of leading writers of Pakistan.
“It is our desire that artists, musicians and actors of the two countries work jointly to create new projects in their respective domains, thus continuing the great journey of Pakistan-Turkey friendship,” he added.
Turkish Language Institution President Prof Dr Mustafa S Kaçalin, offered the platform of his institution for publishing more such books that would help bring the two countries even closer. He said that this valuable publication was an excellent addition to the existing literature that shall further promote Turkey-Pakistan cultural relations.
Prof Dr Ahmad Bakhtiar Ashraf said that the relations between the Muslims of South Asia and Turks are centuries old. He said Urdu is one of the three largest spoken languages of the world and referred to the role that the forefathers of Turks played in evolution and further promotion of Urdu in the Sub-Continent. Prof Dr Celal Soydan said he and other scholars like him were honoured to teach Urdu in Turkey. He reiterated the determination to be the ambassador of Turkey-Pakistan friendship. He added that Pakistan is a true friend of Turkey.
Under Secretary for EU Affairs of Turkey and former Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Engin Soysal, a large number of Turkish and Pakistani academics, students, members of Pakistan community and media representatives attended the event.
Daily Times, ” Turkish-Urdu dictionary launched in Ankara ,” in Daily Times, June 5, 2015. Accessed on June 8, 2015, at: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/05-Jun-2015/turkish-urdu-dictionary-launched-in-ankara
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