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May 7, 2021

Climate in Pakistan and ways to cool down in desert heat

Educationist and researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the climate patterns in Pakistan by adding his own experiences. He narrated how monsoon rains affect life and what […]
May 6, 2021

I was in Islamabad, but no one was waiting for a person like me!

Education volunteer Taner Koçyiğit wrote about his life in Pakistan, where he spent 14 years having gone there even chancing to sell vacuum cleaners for the […]
May 6, 2021

We got to know all trees in the Kuğulu Park while waiting for the Pakistani visa!

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit wrote about the emigration of Abdülgani Gülmez, whom he met in Turkey in the 90s while he was getting prepared for going to […]
May 4, 2021

Turkish students’ ‘mom in a foreign land’ Ayşegül Akyıldız: We know the hardships suffered are not in vain

Homemaker Ayşegül Akyıldız, who went to Pakistan with her two children and her husband when the PakTurk Schools were under duress, especially tried to stand by […]
May 1, 2021

‘Disaster of the Century’ and Being a Woman in Pakistan (Documentary)

We are now broadcasting the documentary “Being a Woman in Pakistan”, which was shot in 2015 by Medyalogic, but could not be broadcast until today. Pakistan […]
May 1, 2021

My extraordinary experiences in orderly Islamabad traffic

Educationist and researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the Islamabad traffic, which bears different aspects from the traffic in other Pakistani cities. He narrates the interesting and […]
April 30, 2021

If it’s about ‘Hizmet’, it does not offend if I am to sell vacuum cleaners

Education volunteer Taner Koçyiğit wrote about his colourful life in Pakistan, where he spent 14 years of his youth with the intention of ‘Hizmet’, having gone […]
April 29, 2021

My dear and true-to-his-name friend Abdülgani Gülmez’s journey to Pakistan

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit wrote about the “emigration ” of Abdülgani Gülmez, who he met in Turkey in the 1990s while he was preparing for leaving for […]
April 27, 2021

The service the world talks about: The Mobile Camel Library in Balochistan

Two sisters living in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province developed an interesting project for village children who could not reach the books due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The […]
April 27, 2021

Teacher Zübeyde who was welcomed with roses in Quetta (2): I do not wish to change Pakistan’s place in my heart

In the second part of our interview with Zübeyde Koçyiğit, who taught Islamiat at PakTurk Schools, you will read about her years in Lahore and Islamabad, […]
April 27, 2021

Speaking Urdu in Africa and the students’ reaction!

Gamze Çiçek, who had her university education in Pakistan and had to migrate to Africa afterwards, wrote her experiences in that continent, mentioning the various impacts […]
April 26, 2021

Bitter news from Istanbul: 4 Pakistanis lost their lives in a fire in a warehouse

Four Pakistani workers lost their lives in a fire in a hardware warehouse in Arnavutköy, Istanbul. No information was given about the cause of the fire […]
April 24, 2021

Colourful months of Ramadan in Pakistan and an iftar dinner at ‘Ayten’

In this part of a series of articles, educationist and writer Mehmet Karadayı narrated the preparations that started before Ramadan in Pakistan, how it showed changes […]
April 22, 2021

Times when we were caught in the middle of social events!

Researcher and educationist Doğan Yücel narrated some of the social events in which he found himself caught inadvertently in Pakistan and how he managed to come […]
April 22, 2021

Teacher Zübeyde who was given a welcome of roses in Quetta (1): I cannot forget the innocence in my students’ eyes

Zübeyde Koçyiğit, who taught Islamiat at PakTurk Schools, had the Pakistan episode in her life started before she even got there. That was because, when she […]
April 21, 2021

‘Disaster of the Century’ and Iqbalia Town (Documentary)

We are broadcasting the documentary “Iqbalia Town”, which was shot in 2015 by the Medyalogic broadcasting company, but could not be broadcast until today. Pakistan was […]
April 21, 2021

ISMO: The seed planted in Quetta and transformed into a brand in Pakistan

Veteran educationist Sadullah Bayazit narrated how an unassuming step taken in Quetta in 2005 with an amateur spirit turned into a resounding success with determination and […]
April 20, 2021

Ramadan: Life that Starts with the Crescent (2): TV shows and fast-breaking snacks

In the second part of his article on Ramadan in Pakistan, educationist Sadık Pakdil, narrated the TV shows that transformed in time into displays of competition […]
April 19, 2021

Five Pakistanis who carved a mountain tunnel for the love of the Qur’an: Jabal-e-Noor al-Qur’an Museum

Fatih Çapar, who had his university education in Pakistan and also worked as a journalist there for some years, wrote about the story of the five […]
April 16, 2021

I experienced the most beautiful months of Ramadan there

Educationist Ekrem Kara wrote one of his memories on a tarawih prayer during a month of Ramadan in Pakistan. First of all, I should say that […]
April 15, 2021

‘The language of my beloved is Turkish; alas, I do not know Turkish!’

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the relations of Turkish teachers with a bunch people in Pakistan who knew Turkish. Yucel also explained how, with the impact […]
April 15, 2021

I experienced Ramadan duly with the ‘tarawih’ and the Eid in Pakistan

Sadullah Bayazit, an educationist who lived in Pakistan for almost a quarter of a century, wrote about the months of Ramadan he had experienced there. Stating […]
April 15, 2021

Ramadan: Life that starts with the Crescent (1)

Educationist Sadık Pakdil wrote about the Ramadan preparations, forms of worship and iftar-sahoor traditions in Pakistan, where he worked for many years. For the people of […]
April 13, 2021

Teacher Hilal: We bore all hardships for the sake of a sublime meaning

Mrs. Hilal is a teacher who tried not to neglect her own children while trying to get her students on the track of progress. She left […]
April 12, 2021

The fatherly advice that changed Allama Iqbal’s life: Recite the Qur’an as if Allah is addressing you!

On the occasion of the month of Ramadan, which is to start by tomorrow, we share the fatherly advice, which Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal proudly mentioned […]
April 11, 2021

Donate in this Ramadan to preserve the memories and rights of the PakTurk Schools

Why does PakTurkFile appeal to crowdfunding? PakTurkFile has been established with an aim to preserve the memories of the Hizmet volunteers who founded and run the […]
April 10, 2021

‘Opening of a school in the ‘Garden of Dreams’

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit wrote about the founding process of the last branch of the PakTurk Schools, which was opened in Lahore under his supervision, and the […]
April 9, 2021

Our link with Turkey and the giant dish antennas

Researcher Dogan Yucel, wrote about the communication limitations they experienced in Pakistan during the days when the smartphones were not widespread and how they had established […]
April 9, 2021

Interesting traffic incidents we experienced in Pakistan (1)

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit wrote about the interesting traffic incidents he and his colleagues experienced in Pakistan. We will publish the traffic incidents experienced by different people […]
April 7, 2021

Brotherhood strengthened with Eid al-Adha after the earthquake (*)

(*) In  2006, Metin Keskin, a journalist working in Germany, had covered the humanitarian aid tour organized after the devastating October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan for […]
April 7, 2021

Parent visits with lots of adventure!

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the parent visits his teacher friends carried out during their tenure in Quetta. Due to regional circumstances, such visits were sort […]
April 6, 2021

A quarter of a century lived in Pakistan on humble means and forced farewell (3)

Sadullah Bayazit, who devoted the most productive periods of his life to the education of the youth in Pakistan, wrote about the 9 years he spent […]
April 5, 2021

Let’s revisit each Ramadan we spent in Pakistan

Dear friends of the PakTurkFile, Our website has been online for the last three-and-a-half months with your support. With the beautiful memories you send to us, […]
April 3, 2021

We were poisoned, but I would eat those anchovies yet again!

Ekrem Kara, a former teacher of the PakTurk Schools, wrote about one of the Turkish dishes he had missed while he was in Pakistan. He told […]
April 2, 2021

How did the PakTurk Schools come to the fore in the House of Lords?

Engin Yiğit, an educator who had also worked as an administrator in the PakTurk Schools, wrote about the repercussions of the schools’ achievements on the public […]
April 1, 2021

The distress of leaving Pakistan and a surprising new address!

Gamze Çiçek, who barely managed to graduate from her university in Pakistan as she was forced to leave the country, wrote about her experiences in those […]
April 1, 2021

Traffic in Pakistan: Order in chaos!

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the order and rules of the traffic in Pakistan, which appears like a “chaotic mess” from the outside. The points told […]
March 31, 2021

Former Azad Kashmir President’s visit to PakTurk and acclaiming remarks

Educator Engin Yiğit narrated the close concern shown by the former President of Azad Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan to the PakTurk Schools and a visit […]
March 30, 2021

A quarter of a century lived in Pakistan on humble means and unforgettable friendships (2)

Sadullah Bayazit continues narrating the 22.5 years of Hizmet he lived in Pakistan. In this part, Bayazit wrote about his days in Peshawar and Quetta, mentioning […]
March 27, 2021

“I can’t forget Khairpur, I’m still sad”

Esra Yıldırım, who worked at PakTurk Schools as a Mathematics teacher, wrote about Khairpur Mirs, of which songs still resonate in her ears, and described her […]
March 26, 2021

A quarter of a century lived in Pakistan on humble means (1)

Sadullah Bayazit is an education volunteer who spent 22.5 years in Pakistan. Beyazit, who went to Pakistan as a student and continued to teach there after […]
March 25, 2021

A Turkish student’s graduation assignment that made the university professors weep

Gamze Çiçek, who studied at a university in Pakistan, wrote about a spectacular incident she experienced during the stage of her graduation. She shared how she […]
March 24, 2021

Addictive Pakistani food, desserts and drinks

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the meals, desserts and drinks he tasted in Pakistan and could not forget until today. Here are the flavours some of […]
March 23, 2021

Happy Pakistan Resolution Day!

Today is March the 23rd, the Pakistan Day. It’s the anniversary of the day in 1940, when Muslims of the Subcontinent proclaimed from Lahore to the […]
March 22, 2021

A poem that transcends Pakistan’s borders: “A Child’s Prayer” by Muhammad Iqbal

March 22 marks the “World Children’s Poetry Day”. This day is celebrated annually in all United Nations-member countries in line with the decision taken by the […]
March 21, 2021

Gadani: The last stop for ships in Pakistan

The Gadani shipbreaking yard is the third largest shipbreaking site in the world, located on a 10 km coastline along the Arabian Sea in the southern […]
March 19, 2021

Our Mom who made us forget our troubles in a foreign country…

Gamze Çiçek, a Turkish student who had her higher education in Pakistan, wrote about her troubled times after 2016. She told about her ‘elder sister’ in […]
March 19, 2021

Street flavours of Pakistan are simply unique

Having described Pakistan’s vegetables and fruits in his previous articles, researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about Pakistani street food this time: Some of these flavours, which are […]
March 18, 2021

Climes that touch the souls and the buses in Pakistan!

Fatih Çapar, who – besides the difficulties he faced in Pakistan where he went to study at a university – discovered different climes that touched the […]
March 17, 2021

I could not forget the way the students were saying, “Teacher, don’t go!”

Selviye Koç is one of the education volunteers who went abroad with the concern of ‘escaping the decay generated by comfort’ while teaching in very conducive […]
March 15, 2021

About Salman, who brought Kısaparmak to tears, his teacher says: He listened to that song 1.000 times, sang it 1.500 times

Muhammad Salman, the Pakistani high school student magnificently sang the Turkish song ‘Bu Adam Benim Babam’ (This Man is My Father) at the 2009 Turkish Olympiad […]
March 13, 2021

‘The politeness of our Pakistani houseowner took a load off my mind’

In this episode of his life in Pakistan, educator-writer Mehmet Karadayı continues to describe his houseowner, his shopping adventures and, of course, his test with English […]
March 12, 2021

A movie-like marriage story leading from Turkey to Pakistan

Known by PakTurkFile readers mostly for his cultural research articles, Dr. Doğan Yücel wrote the story of his marriage this time. The extraordinary events that Yücel […]
March 10, 2021

‘Baba Noor’ who waited for years a letter from his son

‘Baba Noor’ is a short story by Ahmad Nadim Qasimi, one of the most prolific authors of Pakistani Urdu literature. We share the story as translated […]
March 9, 2021

The vegetables of Pakistan and those we are unable to eat!

Researcher Doğan Yücel, who previously showcased the fruits of Pakistan in three different articles, wrote the about the vegetables of Pakistan this time. Telling about Pakistan’s […]
March 6, 2021

I’m unable to write!

Rüveyda Arslanhan, an educator who worked in the PakTurk Schools for many years, wrote about the “Pakistan in her heart”. Even though Arslanhan says, “I am […]
March 5, 2021

Lahore’s modest and ardent philanthropist: I. Malik Khan Sahib

Researcher Dr. Doğan Yücel wrote about I. Malik Khan Sahib, the late philanthropist businessman from Lahore, whom he had met in consequence of a synchronicity and […]
March 4, 2021

PakTurk Schools teacher Zeynep Simsar: Everyone I saw in Pakistan was like a family member

We publish the second part of our interview with Zeynep Simsar, a former teacher of PakTurk. In this part, Simsar describes her life, years of teaching […]
March 4, 2021

The fruits Turks missed in the ‘Fruit Paradise’ called Pakistan!

Researcher Doğan Yücel, who wrote about the fruits of Pakistan in his last two articles, this time wrote about the fruits that cannot be or rarely […]
March 2, 2021

Pachees(25) is so much, let that be charlees(40) rupees!

Educator Yavuz İlbay shared a colourful memory from the years he had taught in Quetta. We hope this incident which happened in a period while he […]
March 2, 2021

Turkish MP: I liked the name of the schools the most

Educator Engin Yiğit wrote about Multan also known as “the Konya of Pakistan” and his memories there. While describing the growth process of the PakTurk Schools, […]
March 1, 2021

Turkish words in Pakistani languages

Researcher Dr Doğan Yücel wrote about the Turkish words used in the languages spoken in Pakistan. Referring to the sources of this transitivity, Yücel cited scientific […]
February 27, 2021

Running into Urdu just as breaking through English!

In this part of his memoir, educationist and writer Mehmet Karadayı narrates the process of his adjustment to the life in Pakistan and details his haircut […]
February 26, 2021

Teachers’ most painful farewell: They buried their ‘hearts’ in the soil (Video)

Turkish teachers and administrators of PakTurk Schools had to leave Pakistan with their families at the end of 2016 by the decision of the political will. […]
February 25, 2021

PakTurk alumna Tooba Jamali: I’ve learned that everything taught by love would last forever

Tooba Jamali, an alumna of PakTurk Schools Quetta Girls High School shared her feelings about her school days with us. “I felt better in PakTurk than […]
February 24, 2021

Zeynep Simsar, who left Hacettepe University for Pakistan: The thrill for “emigration” made me even forget missing my family

Zeynep Simsar was one of the students who could not continue their studies in Turkey due to the restrictions on the practice of their faith. Like […]
February 23, 2021

Why was the Turkish flag placed on the Pakistani student’s grave?

Anum Anwar was a student who had contracted cancer and died while studying at the PakTurk Schools. Anum, who loved Turkey and her Turkish teachers, had […]
February 22, 2021

The bracelets that Nasira Iqbal could not forget!

Journalist and writer Ekrem Dumanlı had written about his meeting with Justice Nasira Javid Iqbal, Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal’s daughter-in-law, in his 2005 article published in […]
February 19, 2021

The last thing that caught my eye was the teachers’ tears

In the last episode of his memoir, education volunteer Osman Arslanhan explained the process that led to his departure from Pakistan. Conveying the parents’ sincere feelings […]
February 18, 2021

What was the punishment for mistaking Haripur for Khairpur?

Education volunteer Yavuz İlbay, who worked at PakTurk Schools for about 15 years, wrote an interesting memory that came to his mind after hearing about the […]
February 17, 2021

Pakistan as a ‘fruit paradise’ (2)

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the variety of fruits, a rarely known aspect of Pakistan. Comparing with similar fruits in Turkey, Yucel added his own experience […]
February 16, 2021

How many kilos would one put on during a ‘Pakistani Ramadhan’?

In the second part of his memoir, educationist and writer Mehmet Karadayı tells about his first days in Pakistan and his adaptation process. Karadayı proficiently makes […]
February 15, 2021

Pakistan as a ‘fruit paradise’ (1)

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the variety of fruits, a rarely known aspect of Pakistan. Comparing with similar fruits in Turkey, Yucel added his own experience […]
February 13, 2021

Sad news arrived from Haripur: 1 dead in earthquake

The sad news arrived from Haripur about the 6.4 magnitude earthquake epicentered in Tajikistan and felt in many cities of Pakistan. According to the Geo News, […]
February 12, 2021

Pakistan shaken by an earthquake

Pakistan was shaken by an earthquake on Friday night, February 12, 2021 The earthquake of 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale was felt in various cities […]
February 12, 2021

Muhammad Iqbal and his bond with Turks

This time, researcher Doğan Yücel provides us a different portrait of Allama Muhammed Iqbal. Giving an overview of Iqbal’s life and his world of thought, Yücel […]
February 11, 2021

Pakistan? Right over there!

Writer and educator Mehmet Karadayı wrote about his journey to Pakistan where he arrived as a teacher in 2003. The story of Karadayı’s journey starts in […]
February 10, 2021

‘This nation will never forget your services’

Educationist Engin Yiğit wrote about the humanitarian assistance provided by the PakTurk Educational Institutions to Pakistan during the times of disaster, the ‘Outstanding Service Award’ conferred […]
February 9, 2021

Mission undertaken by PakTurk in natural disasters

In the fourth part of his memoir, educationist Osman Arslanhan described the emergency relief assignments carried out by the PakTurk Schools in response to Pakistan’s recent […]
February 8, 2021

So that the flowers of Pakistan may find their way

“This is why we have not wished to remember our education volunteers on the PakTurkFile website only with their heroism … We have wished to remember […]
February 7, 2021

Turkish schools offer Pakistan a gentler vision of Islam*

(*) This news, signed by Sabrina Tavernise, was published on May 4, 2008 in The New York Times newspaper of the USA. Praying in Pakistan has […]
February 6, 2021

Pakistani Poet Altaf Qureshi’s ‘Love for Turkey’*

LOVE FOR TURKEY Turkey’s formed a great bond in my heart and soul The torches of fidelity got kindled in our heart. Friends, I saw such […]
February 6, 2021

An adventurous journey to Europe and the distinction brought to Pakistan

Educationist Engin Yiğit wrote about the exciting journey he took along with two PakTurk students to attend to an IT Olympiad in Europe, students’ prominent success, […]
February 5, 2021

Searing pain and the reintegration of two nations

In the third episode of his article series, educationist Osman Arslanhan narrates the foundation process of the PakTurk Schools, the devastating October 2005 Earthquake, and the […]
February 4, 2021

Iqbal, Rumi, and Pakistan*

Researcher Adem Arıkanlı pens a portrait of Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, who first conceived the idea of Pakistan’s independence. Noting the similar aspects of Iqbal with […]
February 4, 2021

‘Our teachers treated us like their own children’

There is a letter from a former PakTurk student… Ahmed A. wrote the memorable sentence he learned from his Turkish teacher and about his days at […]
February 3, 2021

‘Despite challenges and nuances, we loved there a lot’

Ekrem Kara is a teacher who found himself destined for Pakistan despite his intention to migrate to Africa as an ‘education volunteer’. Kara narrated how he […]
February 2, 2021

Uch Sharif: A Turkish-Islamic city by its name and history

A city thousands of kilometres away from Anatolia, Uch Sharif is exclusively peculiar with its cultural and religious motifs. Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the relationship […]
February 1, 2021

How the Federal Education Minister praised PakTurk students on a UN function

An educator who worked at PakTurk Schools, Engin Yiğit wrote on one of the resounding international successes achieved by the PakTurk students and the message he […]
January 30, 2021

The great surprise in the reading retreat

In the second episode of his memoirs, education volunteer Osman Arslanhan narrates his moving to Kayseri for a better school, the surprising news he received in […]
January 29, 2021

A Pakistani in love with Turkey and the Turkish language: Muhammad Sabir*

Late Turkologist Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sabir dedicated his life to the fraternal bonds between Pakistan and Turkey. Sabir, who after reading Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s Risale-i Nur […]
January 28, 2021

Pakistan entered my life with a plane crash

Education volunteer Osman Arslanhan’s affinity with Pakistan dates back to his childhood. Arslanhan narrated how his path was crossed with Pakistan which he first heard in […]
January 26, 2021

Stonehenge in Pakistan (Video)

The village of Asota Sharif, located 30 km north-east of Mardan, one of the important cities of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and in the Swabi region, […]
January 23, 2021

The showcased Turkish teacher on an Islamabad-Sukkur flight

Teacher Orhan is an education volunteer who arrived in Pakistan after his heartfelt reply to a question in 2006. His journey started with worry and tears, […]
January 14, 2021

‘I understood why I had to endeavour to educate myself’

There’s a letter from PakTurk Schools alumna Rohma Kakar… Kakar tells about what PakTurk, where she first entered when she was 9, changed in her life […]
January 6, 2021

A journey from a dormitory flyer to Pakistan

Educator and theologian Mustafa Hatipoğlu is one of the first volunteers who migrated to Pakistan with a sublime ideal of service. The stones of this path […]
January 6, 2021

You have my heart with you*

It was autumn when I came to you… The faded beams of the sun shone both in the midafternoon of the day and the year. I […]
January 6, 2021

She draws her yearning for Pakistan! (Video)

Kübra Ünverdi was born in Pakistan and lived there until she was 9. Even though it has been two years since she left Pakistan and settled […]
January 6, 2021

Our sad loss…

Mrs. Ishrat Zafar, founding headmistress of PakTurk International Schools & Colleges Karachi Branch, passed away on January 7, 2021. As the PakTurkFile family, we offer our […]
January 6, 2021

‘After the exam, I looked up to the sky and prayed in tears’

Having started her education in an ordinary neighbourhood school, Hira Naz’s life underwent a sweeping change during a visit to an exhibition. Naz wrote about her […]
January 6, 2021

‘The Most’ in Pakistan

Pakistan has 35 summits with heights exceeding 7000 metres. The 8.611 metres tall K2 is second to the Mount Everest and the 8.125 metres tall Nanga […]
January 6, 2021

The National Anthem with Persian Touch

Adopted as the national anthem in 1954 and composed into music in 1949 by Ahmad G. Chaghla, the National Anthem of Pakistan (Qaumi Taranah) is in […]
January 6, 2021

Pakistan: One of the Two Countries Founded on an Ideal

Officially known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China […]
January 6, 2021

Snowdrop

You were the doe-eyed Mehlika* of our youth Why are you offended at us now, Snowdrop? Once you were distinguished among many Why did you hang […]
January 5, 2021

q’et

The sky where kites do not flutter the city of recluse whispers women missing from the pavements the picture of absence in presence  Shortness of breath […]
January 2, 2021

I am Pakistan! *

What is the unit of measurement for the adequacy of the humanitarian relief in the wake of a disaster,  afflicting a nation with colossal loss in […]
January 2, 2021

Once again: I am Pakistan! *

You know what, Non-Existent? Tomorrow is the anniversary of Pakistan’s independence. Pakistan will be 63 tomorrow. They have been proud with their Turkey 86 times and […]
January 2, 2021

Greetings

We are the Turkish teachers and education volunteers who worked in different periods during the last quarter of a century in Pakistan.  As a sweet manifestation […]
January 1, 2021

‘I can’t forget the days I stayed in the dormitory’

Ghamama Rashid, who studied at PakTurk Schools in 2004-2013, shared her feelings about that period. Rashid especially longs for the days she spent in the dormitory… […]

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