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Pak-Turk schools, colleges: Istanbul mayor lays foundation stone
MARCH 13, 2012
Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas laid the foundation stone of girls campus of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges on Raiwind Road He also visited Sharif Medical City and Educational Complex on Monday.
The Turkish delegation exchanged views with the students.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan Mustafa Babur Hizlan, Provincial Ministers, Members National and Provincial Assembly, Members of Pak-Turk Education Foundation and a large number of people from different walks of life were also present.
Chairman Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges talking about the project of girls campus said that educational facilities would be available to 900 girls once the project was completed.
He said that the foundation was providing educational facilities to more than 5,000 children in 18 schools in Pakistan.
He also thanked Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for extending cooperation for the educational projects of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges and provision of prime land for the construction of girls campus.
Mayor Istanbul also inaugurated Kadir Topbas Chowk on Raiwind Road.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan Mustafa Babur Hizlan were also present.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Istanbul mayor announces gifting 100 buses for BRTS project
* Dr Kadir Topbas says Turkey will provide spare parts, after-sale-service facility
LAHORE: The mayor of Istanbul, Dr Kadir Topbas, has announced 100 buses as a gift for Lahoris for the Bus Rapid Transit System project. He announced that Turkey would also provide spare parts and after-sale-service facility.
He made the announcement on the occasion of a luncheon hosted by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in honour of the Turk delegation. Dr Topbas said that relations between Turkey and Pakistan spanned over centuries and the bond of friendship between the two countries was unique. He said that he would never forget the love and affection shown by the people of Lahore during his visit, adding that the Turk were pleased to extend cooperation to Pakistanis in various sectors.
He said that Turkey had made progress by dint of hard work and the people of Pakistan would also have to show the same spirit.
Earlier, Shahbaz Sharif said that the two mega projects of modern solid waste management and speedy transport launched in the metropolis were a shining example of the Pak-Turk friendship. The CM said that there was an unswerving bond of friendship between Pakistan and Turkey. He said that Lahore and Istanbul were declared twin cities in 1974 and “now, after the visit of Turk guests to Lahore, it looks like a reunion between two brothers after a long time”.
The CM said that heaps of garbage and filth were also seen in Istanbul until a few years ago, but the mayor of Istanbul made it one of the cleanest cities of the world, and also plied metro buses.
He said that Lahore would also be transformed into a neat and clean city with the cooperation of Turk companies and the people of the city. He said that a modern system of solid waste management had been introduced in the metropolis and its success would be ensured at any cost.
He said that the metro bus service would also be started in Lahore, which would result in the availability of speedy transport facilities to the masses.
Earlier in the day, Dr Topbas laid the foundation stone of the girls campus of the Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges on Raiwind Road.
The Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges chairman informed the delegates that the project would help in imparting educational facilities to 900 girls.
He said that the foundation had been providing educational facilities to more than 5,000 children in 18 schools across Pakistan. pr
Turkish mayor gifts 100 buses for BRT
LAHORE: Giving a fresh impetus to Istanbul-Lahore friendship journey, Istanbul Mayor Dr Kadir Topbas announced on Monday that he would gift 100 buses for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.
“I am very thankful to the people of Lahore and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for according me and my delegation a very impressive greeting in Lahore,” said the visiting mayor at a luncheon hosted by Mr Sharif in Raiwind ahead of the opening of the civil work of the BRT project. In the evening, he drove a bus inaugurating the BRT project on Ferozepur Road.
“And I will never ever forget this great love expressed by the people of Lahore. I announce a gift of 100 buses from the Turkish people to the people of Pakistan,” Dr Topbas said, according to a senior official of the Punjab government. With the gift announcement, Dr Topbas said as Turkey had done a great deal of work for its development, the people of Pakistan would have to show the same spirit for the development of their country.
The chief minister thanked the mayor and said he had won the hearts of people of Punjab through extending full cooperation to improve Lahore. He said Turkey was a role model for the Pakistani people.
BUSY DAY: The Turkish delegation spent a busy day in Lahore. They visited Pak-Turk School on Khayaban-e-Jinnah where the mayor inaugurated a girls’ campus. The delegation visited mausoleum of Dr Iqbal, Badshahi Mosque, Shalamar Gardens and the Government College University. Dr Topbas opened a chowk named after him at Khayaban-i-Jinnah. Wherever the delegation went, people lining either side of roads cheered and danced to welcome them.
Scores of people gathered at Naseerabad on Ferozepur Road, the point of the RBT project inauguration, and waited for hours for the arrival of the guest.
“I’m here to greet the great friend of Lahore,” said Muhammad Iftikhar, a private company employee, at Naseerabad.
Though the schedule for the RBT project opening was 12pm, the guests arrived there at 5pm owing to their hectic schedule. Mr Iftikhar braved the five-hour delay and waited for the guests.
“I’m here to see what the Turkish people want to do for us,” he said.
Scores of people, including PML-N workers, danced to drumbeats as soon as Mr Topbas and Mr Sharif arrived at the scene.
The administration of the Lahore Transport Company, TEPA, LDA, Communications and Works, Planning and Development Department and Police were also at Naseerabad to receive the chief guest.
After unveiling the plaque, the mayor drove a bus from Kalma Chowk to Naseerabad. Scores of people ran along the bus making a marathon race scene.An LTC official told Dawn the BRT was a 30-kilometre long road project stretching from Shahdara to Kahna.
“TEPA and NESPAK are the implementing agencies of the mega project while the LTC will operate buses on the specific lanes,” he said.
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The highly successful two-day visit of the Mayor of Istanbul, Mr Kadir Topbas, to Lahore, where he launched some major projects to be completed with Turkish cooperation, has inspired Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to think of the benefits of wider cooperation among countries of the Islamic world. If quicker advancement has to be made, the cooperation would have to be on a much wider scale, not just confined to two countries. While talking to the media in the presence of the honoured guest at the Allama Iqbal International Airport of Lahore before his departure for home, he recalled that the European countries had put aside their centuries-long memories of enmity and come together in the interest of mutual advantage. They had even established a joint Parliament and had created a single currency and in case anyone of them had a problem, they all rushed to its rescue, he added. There was no reason, therefore, why the Muslim countries could not join hands and share their resources for the welfare of all Muslims in the world.
The idea of Muslim Ummah cooperation has been strongly advocated by this group of papers for long; it is simply unchallengeable. United in their efforts to face down mortal threats to their existence, widespread underdevelopment and rank poverty, they can be sure to come out of the predicament much sooner than trying singly and find an honourable place in the comity of nations. They have an abundance of resources, both natural and human, that could lift the Ummah out of the morass of degrading backwardness that it is in at present. The ruthless foreign invasions of their lands would then be unthinkable and no trigger happy alien soldier could lift a gun and mow down innocent civilian Muslims, as it happened in Kandahar the other day. It is time for the rulers of Muslim lands to reflect!
Reverting to the visit of Mayor Topbas, one cannot but laud the initiative taken by Mian Shahbaz to firm up the already close ties with Turkey by enlisting its cooperation in the execution of projects it has successfully been operating. Mr Topbas not only inaugurated the Rapid Bus Transport System, but also made a gift of 100 buses for the project to run and won, as the Punjab CM observed, the hearts of the Lahorites. He promised free educational facilities in Istanbul universities to 15 talented students of Government College University of Lahore, which awarded him an honorary degree of doctorate. He also laid the foundation stone of girls campus of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges on Raiwind Road. Turkish firms are due to take up the big responsibility of Lahore’s Solid Waste Management, setting up a modern IT university and generating energy from indigenous resources. Mayor Topbas was warmly greeted wherever he went, the Shalimar Gardens to attend a citizens reception held in his honour, the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal or Badshahi Mosque. The visit was, indeed, memorable not just for the projects that Turkey would help Pakistan accomplish, but the vistas of greater trade between the countries it opens up. Hopefully, that would serve as the starting point of serious thinking among Muslim rulers to forge meaningful Ummah-wide cooperation for the good of the Muslim people.
Qadir Topbash lays foundation stone of girls campus
Pak-Turk schools, colleges
Lahore—Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas paid tributes to Sharif family for their services for the promotion of education and ailing humanity. He said this during his visit to Sharif Medical City and Educational Complex on Monday.
The Turkish delegation freely mingled with the students and exchanged views. Moreover, mayor of Istanbul laid the foundation stone of girls campus of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges on Raiwind Road.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan Mustafa Babur Hizlan, Provincial Ministers, MembersNational and Provincial Assembly, Members of Pak-Turk Education Foundation and a large number of people were present on the occasion. Chairman Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges while informing about the project of girls campus said that educational facilities would be available to 900 girls after completion of this project. He said the foundation is providing educational facilities to more than five thousand children in 18 schools in Pakistan.
He also thanked Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for extending cooperation for the educational projects of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges and provision of prime land for the construction of girls campus.
Mayor Istanbul also inaugurated Kadir Topbas Chowk on Raiwind Road. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz and Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan Mustafa Babur Hizlan were also present on this occasion. The distinguished guest was given briefing about the construction of Kadir TopbasMonument Project in Valencia Town. This monument is being constructed in recognition of the active role of Kadir Topbas for promotion of Pak-Turk friendship which is an excellent example of fraternal relations between the two countries.
Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Mayor Istanbul Kadir Topbas and Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan Mustaen constructed on the pattern of historical Sultan Ahmad Mosque of Istanbul and offered Zohar prayers.
Istanbul Mayor charms Lahoriites
NORMALLY visits by mid-level foreign dignitaries go somewhat unnoticed in the host country but this is not the case with Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas, who is visiting provincial capital of Punjab these days. The warmth of feelings and sentiments of both the guest and residents of Lahore have made this visit memorable. The Mayor has charmed people of Lahore because of his personal qualities and traits and his goodwill gestures towards the provincial metropolis that would go a long way in resolving some of the highly agitated problems of the capital.
During his hectic visit, Mr. Kadir Topbas attended a number of functions and he oozed out sentiments of love and affection for people of Pakistan on each occasion. Apart from attending a ceremony at the GCU where he was awarded an honorary Ph. D. degree and inauguration of girl college to be run by Pak-Turk International Schools system, the Mayor announced gift of 100 buses for people of Lahore to boost the speedy transport project launched by the provincial government as well as a mega project aimed at improving sanitation in the city. Mr. Kadir is a highly qualified person with Ph.D. in architecture and that is why he has taken a number of initiatives to preserve and renovate cultural heritage and monuments in the historic city of Istanbul. He can be of a great help to the Punjab Government in achieving the same goal in Lahore, which is also rich in culture and historical monuments. His visit was reflective of the deep-rooted ties between Pakistan and Turkey, who have always stood by each other during thick and thin.
Pak-Turk friendship: Istanbul mayor gives 100 buses for Lahore
By Our Correspondent
Published: March 13, 2012
Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas announced a gift of 100 buses and inaugurated the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system on Ferozepur Road on Monday, the second and final day of his visit to the provincial metropolis.
Topbas also laid the foundation stone for the girls campus of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges on Raiwind Road; inaugurated a monument in his name near Valencia Town on Raiwind Road; visited Mazar-i-Iqbal and Badshahi Masjid; and was conferred an honorary doctorate at Government College University.
After inaugurating the BRT, the visiting mayor drove a bus on the special bus-only lane built down the middle of Ferozepur Road from the Naseerabad bus station to Gulab Devi Hospital. He was accompanied by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, as he was a day earlier when driving a cleaning truck after inaugurating a new waste management system, as well as members of his delegation.
Speaking at the inauguration, Sharif said that the first phase of the bus project from Kahna to Kalma Chowk would be completed in April while the second phase for another 30 kilometres of bus corridor would be finished in December.
He said that the new bus service would give Lahore public transport of an international standard. He said that the project would be particularly useful to the disabled, senior citizens and women. He said that highly trained staff would operate the bus service and ticketing would be completely automated. He thanked Turkey for assisting the Punjab government with the solid waste management and bus projects.
At an earlier luncheon hosted by the chief minister, Topbas announced a gift of 100 buses for Lahore and pledged Turkish help to the Punjab government in any sector. The chief minister thanked the mayor for the buses and called Turkey a role model for Pakistan.
At the school foundation stone ceremony, the chairman of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges said that the new girls campus would have the capacity for 900 students. He said that the foundation was educating more than 5,000 children in 18 schools in Pakistan. He thanked the chief minister for providing land for the campus.
Topbas also inaugurated the renamed Kadir Topbas Chowk on Raiwind Road near Valencia Town, where a 40-feet tall replica of Istanbul’s famous Blue Mosque is being built. The monument is being renamed after the mayor in view of his active role in promoting Pak-Turk ties.
Earlier, the mayor and his wife Ozleyis Topbas and their entourage visited historical sites in Lahore. They laid a wreath at the tomb of Allama Iqbal and a Rangers contingent presented them a guard of honour. They also visited the Badshahi Masjid.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 13th, 2012.
Diplomatic relations: Istanbul mayor arrives to warm welcome
By Our Correspondent
Published: March 12, 2012
Inaugurates new waste management system, hails Lahore as second home.
The Mayor of Istanbul Dr Kadir Tobpas was given a warm welcome here on Sunday as he arrived for a two-day visit to inaugurate waste management and bus transport projects that are being conducted in collaboration with Turkish companies.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony for the new solid waste management system at the Town Hall, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that he hoped that the new system would revive Lahore’s beauty and that it could later be introduced in other cities
He said that the same model would be replicated in Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Multan, Peshawar and Karachi and scores of clean cities like Istanbul would emerge in Pakistan.
Dr Tobpas said that the project would give Lahore a clean environment and a healthy atmosphere. He said that the projects with the Punjab government were not commercial ventures but aimed at serving the Pakistani people. That was why the Turkish companies had reduced the cost of the project, he said.
He said that Istanbul produces 15,000 tonnes of garbage a day which it recycles or uses to produce electricity. He said that Istanbul was cleaner than New York.
Dr Tophas drove a cleaning truck, with the chief minister in the passenger seat, after cutting a ribbon to inaugurate the project. He earlier also inaugurated a monument at Istanbul Chowk in front of Town Hall, and is to inaugurate the Bus Rapid Transit system as well as a replica of the Blue Mosque dome in Valencia Town.
The chief minister said that this was the first comprehensive solid waste management project in Pakistan. He said Lahore produced more than 5,000 tonnes of garbage every day.
Sharif said that during his first term as chief minister in 1998, he had made plans with a French company for a solid waste management system, but his government was toppled and the project was shelved.
He said that he was pleased to see this project inaugurated 13 years later with the cooperation of the brotherly Islamic country of Turkey. He said that Pakistan and Turkey had forged strong bonds and that was why the Turkish companies involved in the project had reduced their costs. He said that when they had conducted a survey in Lahore 18 months ago of the facilities needed, they had charged the government a tenth of what they would normally charge on international tenders.
Earlier, the Istanbul mayor was welcomed upon his arrival at the airport by the chief minister. Sharif said that the visit would promote trade as well as brotherly relations between the two countries. Dr Topbas said Pakistan was his second home and he was very pleased to be in Lahore.
A Punjab Police contingent presented a guard of honour to Dr Topbas at the airport. The national anthems of Turkey and Pakistan were played while people shouted slogans for Pak-Turk friendship. The government brought in 225 folk dancers from Jhang to perform at 14 different points along the route.
Portraits of the president and prime minister of Turkey, the mayor of Istanbul, Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif were displayed on main roads all over the city.
The mayor also visited a special exhibition on Turkey arranged by the Information and Culture Departments at the Lahore Museum. Members of the Turkish media in his entourage went on a shopping trip to Neela Gumbad and Anarkali.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2012.
Mayor Topbas’ Travels
LAHORE - Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas had a busy day on Monday and he travelled throughout the city, inaugurating different projects and taking part in different activities on Monday.
In the morning, he inaugurated Metro Bus Service (BRT) on Ferozepur Road that has been launched with collaboration between Punjab and Turkey. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, provincial ministers, members of national and provincial assembly, Lahore Transport Company chairman and a large number of people were present on this occasion.
Dr Topbas after unveiling the plaque of the project formally inaugurated the bus service by driving metro bus from Naseerabad Bus Station to Gulab Devi Hospital on Ferozepur Road. The CM and members of the Turkish delegation were also on board the bus.
Expressing his views on the occasion, the CM said the metro bus project on Ferozepur Road will extend from Kahna to Shahdara and its first phase from Kahna to Kalma Chowk will be completed by April. Similarly, 30 kilometres long second phase of this project would be completed by December this year.
He said that public transport of international standard will be available to the passengers through metro bus service. He said disabled, senior citizens and women would especially benefit from this service and highly trained staff will operate this bus service and ticketing of this system will be completely automated.
The CM said Punjab government and the people of the province were thankful to Turkey for extending cooperation in Solid Waste Management and metro bus service. Dr Topbas assured on this occasion that mutual cooperation would continue for the improvement of various sectors and betterment of the people of the Punjab. He especially thanked the Lahoris for their hospitality and added that he was deeply impressed with the sentiments of love and affection shown by them.
Inaugrates Pak-Turk girls’ branch: Dr Topbas also laid the foundation stone of girls’ campus of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges on Raiwind Road, on Monday. The CM, Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan Mustafa Babur Hizlan, provincial ministers, members of national and provincial assembly, members of Pak-Turk Education Foundation and a large number of people were present on the occasion.
Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges chairman while informing about the project of girls campus said educational facilities would be made available to 900 girls after completion of this project. He said the foundation was providing educational facilities to more than five thousand children in 18 schools in Pakistan. He also thanked the CM for extending cooperation for the educational projects of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges and provision of land for the construction of girls’ campus.
The CM, Dr Topbas and Babur Hizlan also visited the Neeli Mosque in Sukh Chain Garden constructed on the pattern of historical Sultan Ahmad Mosque of Istanbul and offered Zohr prayers. The CM said the blue mosque was a masterpiece of architecture and reflected the brotherly relations of people of Pakistan and Turkey. The CM and Dr Topbas also planted saplings in Sukh Chain Garden.The delegation also visited Sharif Medical City and Educational Complex. The distinguished guests freely mingled with the students.
The students were very happy to see Turk guests among them and raised slogans in favaour of Pak-Turk friendship. Students welcomed the Turk delegation by waving flags and buntings. Dr Topbas paid tributes to Sharif family for their services for the promotion of education and ailing humanity.
Gets a degree
The Government College University on Monday conferred the honorary doctorate degree on Dr Topbas in recognition of his services for strengthening brotherly ties between Turkey and Pakistan. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman chaired the Degree Awarding Ceremony at GCU Bukhari Auditorium, while Punjab Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rahman was also present. “This degree is the shinning beacon of Pak-Turk cultural relationships, and I will use it for the service of the people,” said Dr Kadir Topbas while addressing the ceremony that was held in his honor.
The Istanbul Mayor announced that every year, 15 students from GCU would be accommodated in Istanbul University, Turkey to pursue higher studies, while they would also provide scholarships of $6,000 to $9,000 to students of universities for studying in Istanbul.
Gifts 100 buses
Dr Topbas also announced 100 buses as a gift for Lahoris.
He made this announcement on the occasion of a luncheon hosted by the the CM in honour of Turk delegation on Monday. Dr Topbas said he would never forget the love and affection shown by the people of Lahore during his visit. He said the Turk felt pleasure in extending cooperation to Pakistanis in various sectors. He said Turkey had made progress by dint of hard work and the people of Pakistan had also shown the same spirit. The CM, expressing his gratitude to the mayor, said he had won the hearts of people of Punjab by extending full cooperation for the improvement of various sectors. He said Turkey was a role model for Pakistanis.
Gets a chowk
Dr Topbas also inaugurated Kadir Topbas Chowk on Raiwind Road. The CM and Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan Mustafa Babur Hizlan were also present on this occasion. The distinguished guest was given briefing about the construction of Kadir Topbas Monument Project in Valencia Town. A large number of people were present on this occasion and were carrying flags of Pakistan and Turkey and raising slogans of Pak-Turk friendship. A large number of citizens standing along Raiwind Road showered rose petals on the distinguished guests.