Gen Bajwa honoured with highest Turkish award.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was awarded the Turkish Legion of Merit for promotion of defence ties between Islamabad and Ankara during an official visit to Turkey, an Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR) press release said. During his visit, Gen Bajwa met Commander of Turkish Land Forces General Salih Zeki Colak and visited the Turkish Land Force Headquarters, where he was received by his Turkish counterpart and presented with a guard of honour.
The army chief was briefed on the regional security situation as well as the Turkish Land Forces and their various undertakings in the field of training, defence production and peacekeeping operations.
The Pakistan Army chief called on the Chief of Turkish General Staff General Hulusi Akar and discussed matters related to regional security and the role of armed forces of both the countries towards establishing peace and stability, the ISPR release said.
The two military leaders agreed to further enhance defence cooperation in multiple fields. The Turkish military leadership appreciated the role the Pakistan Army against terrorism as well as in peacekeeping operations and as a factor of stability in the region.
The COAS was awarded the Legion of Merit during a ceremony in recognition of his services for promoting Pakistan-Turkey defence ties.
Speaking on the occasion, Gen Bajwa underscored the special place that Turkey had in the hearts of Pakistanis and dedicated the award to the martyrs of both the Pakistani and Turkish armed forces. General Bajwa also visited the Ataturk Mausoleum and laid a floral wreath to pay homage to the father of Turkish nation and penned down his respects on the visitor's book.