The United States has prevented Turkey from supplying 30 locally-made attack helicopters to Pakistan. Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin has stated that “the US has blocked Turkey’s helicopter sale to Pakistan, which will likely lead to Islamabad buying it from China.” The ATAK T-129 is a twin-engine, tandem seat, multi-role, all-weather attack helicopter based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta platform and is equipped with American engines.
Turkey is in talks to co-manufacture warplanes and missiles with Pakistan, a foreign media outlet claimed. Turkish defence and government officials have held periodic talks with Pakistani counterparts — the last high-level discussion was in January — about developing and manufacturing military hardware with Pakistan, according to people from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations.
After a gap of nine years or so, the Istanbul-Islamabad freight train is likely to resume operations on March 4, connecting goods train business of three countries —Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. The container train would start its journey from Istanbul (Turkey) for Islamabad (Pakistan) via Zahidan on March 4. Though the schedule will be reconfirmed in a day or two.
Globally renowned Turkish chef, Burak Ozdemir, who arrived in Islamabad on Saturday, has announced that he will opening his restaurant in Pakistan. The message he has received from Pakistan is ‘we are together,’ Burak says, adding that he is opening his restaurant in the spirit of Pak-Turk friendship, where he invited everyone to come to eat good food.
Turkey has said it will assist Pakistani government in bringing an iconic tram service back to Karachi’s MA Jinnah Road and II Chundrigar Road. In a meeting held at Karachi Metropolitan Corporation office, Turkish Consul General Tolga Ucak offered Karachi Administrator Iftikhar Ali Shallwani his country’s support for the project. Ucak also offered his support in uplift of libraries in the metropolis.
Turkish actress Esra Bilgic has decided to turn off her comments for one of her snaps in a bikini, after having enough of moral policing by Pakistani trolls. Since the popularity of her show “Dirilis: Ertugrul”, Esra has repeatedly been trolled for her Western choice of clothes. Many viewers were not able to separate the star’s on-screen persona from her personal life.
Turkey accused five nations of forming ‘alliance of evil’ after a joint declaration denouncing Ankara’s policies in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya. These countries include Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the five countries were pursuing regional chaos and instability in the eastern Mediterranean. Also, sacrificing Libyans hope for democracy for the reckless aggression of dictators.
Actor Ahsan Khan wants people in Pakistan to know it is not ok to troll actors and taking to twitter he said that this sort of behaviour was shameful. The actor was referring to the recent trend on social media where people were calling out and trolling stars of the Turkish series Ertugul Ghazi.
President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay an official visit to Pakistan on February 13th to cement relations between the two countries. The Turkish President will be accompanied by a delegation of Turkish businessmen. He requested that Pakistani businessmen who are interested in B2B with the delegates are requested to contact the Trade and Development Authority of Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he will be inviting Turkey to join the multi-billion dollar CPEC projects. He further added that he hopes to strengthen ties with Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to visit Islamabad mid-February, which he hopes will build on the brotherly relationship between Islamabad and Ankara as he will be bringing various buisness houses and investors with him.