President Dr. Arif Alvi conferred Pakistan’s civil award upon two Turkish dignitaries, Dr. Selami Kilic and Prof. Dr. Celal Soydan at a special investiture ceremony held in Istanbul on Sunday.
According to details, the President conferred Sitara-e-Imtiaz upon Dr. Selami Kilic for his services to Pakistan.
After devastating earthquake of 2005 in Pakistan, Dr. Selami participated in the relief activities. After the 2010 floods in Pakistan, Dr. Selami Kilic helped establish a field hospital in Dera Murad Jamali and carried out damage and needs assessment surveys in various areas of Sindh and Baluchistan.
He was also at the forefront of the initiative to establish the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital at Muzaffargarh.
At present, Dr. Selami is working as the head of the Foreign Affairs Department of the Turkish Ministry of Health.
He received his medical education from Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur. His deep love and regard for Pakistan has always remained a distinguishing feature of his professional career.
President Arif Alvi also conferred the award of Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam upon Prof. Dr. Celal Soydan, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of Services to Pakistan.
Currently serving as head of Urdu Department in Istanbul University, Prof. Dr. Celal Soydan has made remarkable contribution for the promotion of Urdu language and literature in Turkey in his career spanning three decades.
Prof. Celal Soyadan has written 20 books and published over two dozen articles and papers in Urdu and Turkish in various national and international journals.—INP