Turkey’s Gallipoli anniversary marked in Pakistan



Istanbul, March 15 (TNS): The 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, also known as the Battle of Canakkale, was commemorated during a Turkish Embassy-backed ceremony in capital Islamabad on Thursday, Turkish state run media reported.

The ceremony to pay tristate-runhe Turkish soldiers who laid down their lives during the battle was held at the NUML University in collaboration with Turkish Embassy and Yunus Emre Institute.

A big number of students, teachers and academics participated in the event.

Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Yurdakul was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Yurdakul said victories won during the Canakkale campaign reshaped the political landscape and forged national identities.

“The Battle of Canakkale (Gallipoli) was not only a struggle for life, but also a struggle of the youth who died for honor and virtue,” the ambassador said, adding that tens of thousands of Turkish soldiers had been martyred during the historic battle.

The 1915 battle, which took place in the Canakkale province’s Gallipoli (Gelibolu in Turkish) district, marked a turnaround in favor of the Turks against the Allied forces during World War I.

Courtesy: Yeni Safak