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October 27, 2021

(A Page from History) Abdullah Gül: I convey my appreciation to PakTurk Schools

In today’s “A Page from History” section is the visit made by the 11th President of the Republic of Turkey Abdullah Gül to the Islamabad PakTurk […]
October 26, 2021

Islamabad’s ‘checkposts’ and passport-substituting expressions

Educationist Hakan Çelik narrated a memory he had with his house-mates in Pakistan, providing an interesting example to what it meant to work at PakTurk and […]
October 25, 2021

Starting was difficult but, once I started, I wanted to write more

Taner Koçyiğit, a former administrator and teacher of the PakTurk Schools, recorded a short video explaining why he wrote his memoirs upon our request. Expressing how […]
October 25, 2021

I have never wondered about any country as much as Pakistan

Journalist-writer Semsinur Ozdemir, who made serial interviews with numerous people, answered our questions this time. Preparing for compiling the interviews she made with PakTurk teachers in […]
October 25, 2021

Colourful Black Sea trip of Pakistani businessmen

Education volunteer Doğan Yücel wrote about his trip to Turkey with a group of businessmen from Pakistan in 2007. He narrated the highlights of the Black […]
October 22, 2021

Call from MURIC to the Federal Government of Nigeria: Don’t heed Erdogan’s accusations

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization in Nigeria and known for its Islamic sensitivities, made an important call to the Federal Government of Nigeria. […]
October 21, 2021

To be tested with shoes on the way to the Turkish Embassy!

Education volunteer Hakan Çelik narrated his visit to the Turkish Embassy in Islamabad for a passport appointment while he was working in Lahore, and an interesting […]
October 19, 2021

How was the school in Lahore Raiwind Road started?

Turkish teacher Doğan Yücel wrote how and under what conditions the PakTurk branch in Lahore Raiwind Road, which had opened its doors to education in 2007, […]
October 17, 2021

Is baldness a pre-requisite for work at PakTurk?

Educationist Doğan Yücel wrote about a detail that caught his attention when he first went to Pakistan. He narrated the Turkish image in the minds of […]
October 16, 2021

Our adventures with FXs and Mehrans in Pakistan

Hakan Celik, a former PakTurk teacher, wrote about the difficulties he faced due to his weak Urdu and English when he first went to Pakistan and […]
October 15, 2021

The days we went to maternity check-ups on rickshaws …

In this part of the article series, Turkish teacher Doğan Yücel narrated the birth of their first child, Zeynep Nazlı, and their experiences. Part Seventeen: We […]
October 13, 2021

Science fair and a logo that unlocks closed doors

Educationist Mehmet Karadayı wrote about the impact of a science fair organized by the PakTurk Schools in Islamabad on students and the city residents. He also […]
October 12, 2021

Migration (Poem)

A PakTurk teacher, who wrote poems under the pen name ‘Farzımuhal’ (Let’s Suppose), expressed his feelings while leaving Pakistan in his poem titled ‘Migration’. We publish […]
October 9, 2021

Support call for the GoFundMe Campaign

PakTurkFile team have set new targets for 2022 to carry their voices to wider masses in their struggle for rights. To achieve these goals, they started […]
October 7, 2021

Pakistan’s sad day: 20 people lost their lives in 5.9 earthquake

Pakistan was rocked by a distressing disaster. At least 20 lost their lives and over 300 were injured in the 5.9 magnitude earthquake in the Balochistan […]
October 7, 2021

Education volunteer Sevda Arslan (3): My children wish their ties with Pakistan to continue, my daughter considers becoming a citizen there

Sevda Arslan, who lived in Pakistan for 13 years and raised her three children there, narrates the process of leaving the country and how her family […]
October 6, 2021

Education volunteer Sevda Arslan (2): If we went to Pakistan again, we would love to live in Peshawar as a family

In the second part of our interview with Sevda Arslan, an education volunteer who lived in Pakistan for 13 years, we relate the memories in Lahore […]
October 5, 2021

Education volunteer Sevda Arslan (1): I learned to live together in Pakistan without judging people

The activities of the education volunteers who migrated to Pakistan from Turkey were not just about teaching in schools. There were also volunteers who provided guidance […]
October 3, 2021

How did the one-day ‘honeymoon’ dream turn out to be a disappointment?

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit continues to narrate his colleague Abdülgani Gülmez’s life in Pakistan. In this part, Bayazit narrates Gülmez’s journey from Khairpur Mirs to Multan, his […]
October 1, 2021

I cannot write, yet I must write!

Education volunteer Rüveyda Arslanhan wrote the sequel to her previous article titled “I’m Unable to Write”. Stating she has started to forget her memories of Pakistan, […]
October 1, 2021

Speak (Poem)

Faiz Ahmad Faiz, one of Pakistan’s leading poets and a fellow townsman of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, is an intellectual who was nominated for the Nobel Prize […]
September 30, 2021

How did the Pakistani businessmen’s trips to Turkey gain impetus?

In this part of his memoirs, educationist Taner Koçyiğit wrote about the duties he and his colleagues undertook within the scope of their public relations tasks […]
September 29, 2021

First PakTurk branch in Multan and efforts to turn a ‘ruin’ into a school building

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit continues to narrate the his ‘friend-in-destiny’ Abdulgani Gülmez’s life in Pakistan. In the eleventh part of the memoirs, Bayazit wrote about the preparations […]
September 28, 2021

Why was the century-old kite festival banned for 10 years?

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote down the reasons the Basant Kite Festival, the ancient festival of Pakistan, was banned for 10 years and allowed again. Part Two: […]
September 26, 2021

The festival that accompanies the colourful awakening on the ground in the sky: Basant Kite Festival

Educationist and researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about a long-standing tradition, a festival in Pakistan. He narrated the Basant Kite Festival organized to celebrate the spring, its […]
September 24, 2021

Interesting events we experienced while adjusting to Pakistan

Education volunteer Fatih Çapar wrote about how he and his colleagues acquainted with locals and developed their relationships in Pakistan, where he went to study at […]
September 22, 2021

A Page from History: Pakistani students competed; Turkish language won

In the part titled “A Page from History” this time we share with you a scene from 2010: Pakistan finals of the Turkish Olympiads. We relate […]
September 21, 2021

Kaçmaz couple abducted from Pakistan heard as witnesses at the Turkey Tribunal

Mesut Kaçmaz and his wife Meral Kaçmaz, who were abducted by intelligence operatives and taken to Turkey under torture and arrested there while Mesut Kacmaz was […]
September 21, 2021

Our traditional school trips

Educator Doğan Yücel wrote about the field trips and social activities participated by PakTurk students while he was working in Lahore. Yücel also reminded that ministerial […]
September 18, 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 […]
September 18, 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 […]
September 17, 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 […]
September 17, 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, […]
September 16, 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 […]
September 15, 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 […]
September 13, 2021

Our students became our pride in both science and social activities

Educationist Doğan Yücel wrote about the competitions, exams and social events attended by PakTurk students during his tenure in Lahore. Yücel narrated the outstanding achievements in […]
September 12, 2021

‘Positive sciences without faith are blind, faith without positive sciences is lame’

PakTurk Schools fast-tracked their promotional activities after constructing the new school building in Lahore Raiwind Road in 2008. In this context, interviews were published in some […]
September 11, 2021

The exciting process of opening a school in Peshawar

Educationist Engin Baştürk wrote about finding the plot and starting the construction of the new PakTurk School building in Peshawar to meet the demands posed by […]
September 9, 2021

Do not ask my love (Poem)

Faiz Ahmad Faiz, one of Pakistan’s leading poets and a fellow townsman of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, is an intellectual who was nominated for the Nobel Prize […]
September 8, 2021

A trip to Turkey with parents and businessmen

Educationist Doğan Yücel wrote about a trip to Turkey he and his colleagues organized for parents and businessmen while he was working in Lahore. He shared […]
September 8, 2021

After I decided to go to Pakistan, I asked myself, ‘Where is that?’!

Mathematics teacher Engin Baştürk wished to serve abroad when he graduated from the university in Turkey. Through an acquaintance, he learned he could work in Pakistan. […]
September 7, 2021

Mubashir’s determination and PakTurk’s first international gold medal

Turkish teacher Doğan Yücel wrote about a student he prepared for the Turkish Olympiads while he was working in Lahore, and the student’s determination, hard work […]
September 4, 2021

How did the Gülmez family serve breakfast to 50 people in one sitting at their Multan home?

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit continues to narrate the life of his ‘friend in fate’ Abdülgani Gülmez in Pakistan. In this part, he puts Gülmez’s narration into words […]
September 4, 2021

Chemistry teacher Hakan Tokdemir (2): What made Pakistan beautiful for us was the people

In the second and last part of our interview with PakTurk Schools Chemistry teacher Hakan Tokdemir, we talked about the years he lived in Khairpur Mirs, […]
September 1, 2021

A full-fledged annual night in Lahore

Turkish teacher Doğan Yücel wrote about an end-of-year function organized by the PakTurk Schools in Lahore and the words of praise the Governor Punjab, who presided […]
September 1, 2021

Chemistry teacher Hakan Tokdemir (1): The good conduct of our students won praises from people

Hakan Tokdemir’s emigration story began when he migrated to Istanbul from Siirt at 5 with his family. Years after this journey forced by life conditions, he […]
August 30, 2021

Ramadan blessings on the roads of Balochistan

Educationist Engin Baştürk wrote about the interesting events he experienced during a parent visit he made during Ramadan while he was working in Quetta. He narrated […]
August 27, 2021

‘There’s no holiday at PakTurk!’ was our motto

Educationist Doğan Yücel shared some of his memories from 2006 and 2007 when he worked in Lahore. He wrote how level of education was raised for […]
August 26, 2021

How did Pakistani businesspeople get involved in education services?

In this part of the article series, educationist Taner Koçyiğit wrote about the activities he and his colleagues undertook as part of their public relations tasks […]
August 25, 2021

New Generations Question (Poem)

Jamil Malik, a prominent Pakistani educator who passed away in 2001, is also a poet of national and international repute. We share Malik’s poem ‘New Generations […]
August 25, 2021

Seeking Tech in ‘Pindi’s ‘Doğu Bank’!

Literary writer Mehmet Karadayı wrote why they went to ‘Pindi’ to buy a computer in Islamabad and what they went through while shopping for one using […]
August 23, 2021

Durr-e-Shahwar Sultan’s journey from Istanbul to Hyderabad Deccan with the finale in London (3)

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote the story of Khadija Khayria Durr-e-Shahwar Sultan, the daughter of the last Ottoman Caliph Abdul Majid Effendi, from Istanbul to Hyderabad Deccan. […]
August 21, 2021

The ‘public relations department’ and the ‘businessmen association’ founded by teachers in Lahore

In the twentieth part of the article series, educationist Taner Koçyiğit narrated the public relations department formed in Lahore after he shifted from the post of […]
August 21, 2021

Turkish teacher Elif Demirbaş: I was amazed by Pakistan’s arts, music, and colourful cultural mosaic

Even if you went abroad with the idealistic intention of teaching, you know that life is not just about education and students. Living in a different […]
August 19, 2021

Solitude (Poem)

Faiz Ahmad Faiz, one of Pakistan’s leading poets and a fellow townsman of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, is an intellectual who was nominated for the Nobel Prize […]
August 18, 2021

Durr-e-Shahwar Sultan’s journey from Istanbul to Hyderabad Deccan (2)

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote the story of Khadija Khayria Durr-e-Shahwar Sultan, the daughter of the last Ottoman Caliph Abdul Majid Effendi, from Istanbul to Hyderabad Deccan. […]
August 17, 2021

First days in Lahore and changing from principal to teacher!

Educator Taner Koçyiğit narrated his first days in Lahore, where he worked after Quetta, and what he did to get used to the variances offered by […]
August 15, 2021

One-minute support for the preservation of a quarter century!

Dear friends of the PakTurkFile, Our efforts to write and tell the 25-year history of PakTurk Schools in Pakistan, of which you were the witnesses and […]
August 14, 2021

Happy independence day, dear Pakistan!

Today is August 14, Pakistan’s independence day.  It is the anniversary of the day when the Muslims of the subcontinent realized their dream of a country […]
August 13, 2021

Guitar performance by Meryem Köken and the ‘Child’s Prayer’ (Video)

Meryem Köken, a former student of PakTurk, interpreted Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s poem “Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua”, also known as “Bachche Ki Dua (Child’s Prayer)”, with […]
August 12, 2021

Opening of the first PakTurk School in Lahore

Educationist Doğan Yücel narrated through a witness account how the first Lahore branch of the PakTurk Schools was opened. Part Six: I had already mentioned that […]
August 12, 2021

English teacher Fatma Öksüzer (2): My Pakistan dream is left unfulfilled

In this part of our interview, PakTurk Schools English teacher Fatma Öksüzer narrates the process of her departure from Pakistan, the ordeals they went through, where […]
August 10, 2021

Durr-e-Shahwar Sultan’s journey from Istanbul to Hyderabad Deccan (1)

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote the story of Khadija Khayria Durr-e-Shahwar Sultan, the daughter of the last Ottoman Caliph Abdul Majid Effendi, from Istanbul to Hyderabad Deccan. […]
August 10, 2021

How will I tell my future wife in Turkey about Quetta?

Educationist Taner Koçyiğit wrote about going to Turkey to get married while working in Quetta and what he thought to explain the conditions of Quetta to […]
August 8, 2021

‘World’s beauty’ Islamabad turns 61

Pakistan’s capital Islamabad turned 61 on August 1, 2021. When Pakistan declared her independence in 1947, Karachi was the capital. In the thirteen years that passed […]
August 6, 2021

English teacher Fatma Öksüzer (1): I wished to teach to those children I watched at the Turkish Olympiads

Fatma Öksüzer was an idealistic teacher who had just graduated from the university. While she could opt to practise her profession comfortably in her own country, […]
August 5, 2021

The Three Days of Life (Poem)

Jamil Malik, a prominent Pakistani educator who passed away in 2001, is also a poet of national and international repute. We share Malik’s poem ‘The Three […]
August 5, 2021

Nowhere else have I experienced those Eids al-Adha

In this part of the article series, educationist Taner Koçyiğit wrote about how he spent each Eid al-Adha in Pakistan and what he and his colleagues […]
August 4, 2021

Bahar’s baby doll and Pakistani neighbours’ tears

Educationist Ali Öksüzer wrote about an interesting incident he and his family experienced when they were compelled to leave Pakistan. He conveyed the sadness of his […]
August 2, 2021

The person who made me love Lahore and the neighbour of the grocer alleged to be ‘Khidr’: Farooq Ali Khan (3)

Educationist and researcher Doğan Yücel wrote a portrayal of Farooq Ali Khan, a well-known businessman and academic in Lahore, who passed away last May. In the […]
August 1, 2021

A Man in Love with Prayer: Farooq Ali Khan (2)

Educator and researcher Doğan Yücel wrote a portrayal of Farooq Ali Khan, a well-known businessman and academic in Lahore, who passed away last May. He also […]
July 30, 2021

A Pakistani Friend to Turkey and the Turkish Language: Farooq Ali Khan (1)

Educationist and researcher Doğan Yücel wrote a portrayal of Farooq Ali Khan, a well-known businessman and academic in Lahore, who passed away last May. Yücel also […]
July 29, 2021

Quetta’s longing for green parks; the first and the last picnic!

Educationist Taner Koçyiğit wrote about the climate of Quetta and the scarcity of picnic areas in its vicinity. He told about his experiences at a picnic […]
July 29, 2021

The hard work and harmony of the students warmed our hearts

Education volunteer Fatih Çapar talked about his first mentoring experiences in Pakistan, where he went to study at a university, and the circumstances he faced while […]
July 28, 2021

English teacher Elif Köken: The harmony, alliance and affection among our friends begot abundance

Elif Köken, who belongs to a family of immigrants from Greece living in Balıkesir, was 22 years old when she decided to migrate voluntarily with the […]
July 26, 2021

Opening of the first hostel in Lahore

Turkish teacher Doğan Yücel wrote about the scholarship exams they held while he and his colleagues were working in Lahore in 2005 and the conditions under […]
July 24, 2021

Pakistan makes a leap in education with the Single National Curriculum

Government of Pakistan has made a leap to solve the problems in education, one of the bleeding wounds of the country. The project, developed by the […]
July 23, 2021

Everyone at our doorstep got their share of the sacrificial meat

Educationist Taner Koçyiğit continues to narrate his memories of the Eid al-Adha. In this article, he wrote about the interesting events that took place during the […]
July 23, 2021

For PakTurk teachers, Eid al-Adha meant …

Education volunteer Taner Koçyiğit wrote about how they spent Eid al-Adha in Pakistan. He explained what Eid meant to the PakTurk staff and what they did […]
July 21, 2021

Unforgettable Eid memories from Turkey to Pakistan

Educationist Rüveyda Arslanhan embarked on an imaginary journey on the morning of Eid al-Adha, which she spent far away from her family home in Turkey and […]
July 21, 2021

Eid al-Adha mubarak!

We felicitate the Muslim World and the people of Pakistan and Turkey – first and foremost, the friends of the PakTurk file and the volunteers of […]
July 19, 2021

Biology Teacher Züleyha Özşahin (2): If they said, ‘You can go to Pakistan again’, I would go there without a second thought

We publish the second part of our interview with Züleyha Özşahin, a biology teacher who worked at the PakTurk Schools for 4.5 years. In this part, […]
July 15, 2021

Spare 5 minutes for the preservation of 25 years!

We are launching a week-long social media campaign to preserve our memories and the quarter-century-old history of PakTurk Schools in Pakistan. You can support our campaign […]
July 14, 2021

Punjab Education Minister’s trip to Turkey and scholarship exams

In the fourth part of the article series, educationist Doğan Yücel narrated how the PakTurk scholarship exams started in Lahore and how they spread throughout Pakistan […]
July 13, 2021

Biology teacher Züleyha Özşahin (1): Getting to know Pakistani culture and people was one of the best things in my life

Züleyha Özşahin is a teacher in love with her profession. When she was still a high school student, she dreamed of going abroad for teaching, but […]
July 12, 2021

A colourful Eid ul-Adha memory from the village Bamabala

Educationist Doğan Yücel wrote a memory of from an Eid-ul Adha he experienced while working in Lahore years ago. He explained how the sacrificial animal shares […]
July 11, 2021

The second-hand goods market in Quetta and the things we bought and sold

In this part of the article series, educationist Taner Koçyiğit wrote about a famous market in Quetta where goods brought by the ‘suitcase trade’ were sold. […]
July 10, 2021

A Page from History: Treatment support for thousands of patients from Kimse Yok Mu

Today, in the ‘A Page from History’ section, we share one of the services rendered by the Kimse Yok Mu Association in Pakistan. The Association, which […]
July 8, 2021

Lahore’s heat and the first teaching experience

Educationist Doğan Yücel wrote about his teaching career in Lahore and his first experiences in the third part of the memoirs based on his life in […]
July 7, 2021

A bridge of health extended from Samsun to Karachi

Educationist Doğan Yücel wrote about a helping hand reaching out from Turkey during Pakistan’s hard times and how it served as a bridge alongside the educational […]
July 6, 2021

First, they threatened to kill; later, they entrusted their children!

Educationist Taner Koçyiğit, in the twelfth part of his memoirs based on his life in Pakistan, wrote about an incident which he personally experienced in Quetta […]
July 6, 2021

Anarkali – the legendary figure of Lahore – and the Turkic ruler Jahangir

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about Anarkali – the legendary figure of Lahore who was the subject of many books, movies and stage plays – and her […]
July 3, 2021

A Page from History: PakTurk student won the first position in the world

In the “A Page from History” section, this time we feature an achievement that made the people of Pakistan and PakTurk Schools proud. PakTurk student Sanya […]
July 2, 2021

Balochistan’s equation with four unknowns and search for solutions

Educator Taner Koçyiğit, in the eleventh part of his memoirs based on his life in Pakistan, drew attention to a crucial problem which also affected the […]
June 30, 2021

Pakistan’s long but inexpensive and adventurous train journeys

Doğan Yücel, a former PakTurk teacher, wrote about the long but inexpensive train journeys in Pakistan. Yücel, who quoted examples from his adventurous travel experiences, also […]
June 29, 2021

The first year in Lahore with interesting memories

Doğan Yücel, who went to Pakistan to teach there soon after graduating from a university in Turkey, wrote about the interesting incidents he experienced in Lahore, […]
June 28, 2021

An Olympiad memory and Sarmad’s fragmented success!

Fatih Çapar wrote about his 12 years in Pakistan, where he went to study at a university. In the second part of his memoir, he wrote […]
June 27, 2021

The massive throngs and the first shopping at the Itwar Bazaar with 1001 colours

Author and writer Mehmet Karadayı wrote about the Itwar Bazaar, Islamabad’s renowned Sunday open-air market. Narrating the kaleidoscopic colours of the bazaar with the throngs of […]
June 25, 2021

A week of hotel adventure and a beautiful dream

Educationist Taner Koçyiğit continues to narrate about his life in Pakistan; a life full of colourful memories. In the tenth part of his memoir, he narrates […]
June 24, 2021

Maths Teacher Tuğba Ünverdi (2): Our Pakistani friends considered us no different than their own family members

We share the second and last part of the interview which we published yesterday. In this part, we talked with Mrs. Tuğba about her life in […]
June 23, 2021

Mathematics teacher Tuğba Ünverdi (1): While teaching what I knew in Pakistan, I also learned what I did not know

Mrs. Tuğba was an idealist young teacher who had just graduated from a university in Turkey. She was full of love for service to humanity. While […]
June 22, 2021

Eating chicken after the first Eid al-Adha program in Manghirjee!

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit continues to narrate his friend-in-fate Abdulgani Gulmez’s life in Pakistan. In the tenth part of the memoirs, he wrote, in the words of […]
June 22, 2021

The needlework in need of light (Story)

A short story written by educationist and researcher Doğan Yücel, who taught Turkish in Pakistan for many years, won the first prize in the competition organized […]
June 19, 2021

First days in Quetta and the school that transforms into a house at night!

Educationist Taner Koçyiğit continues to narrate his life in Pakistan with its entire colourful memories. In the ninth part of his memoir, he wrote about his […]
June 18, 2021

Khairpur Mirs’ heat and a dormitory as warm as a family home

Fatih Çapar wrote about his 12 years in Pakistan, where he went to study at a university. In the first part of his memoirs, he narrated […]
June 18, 2021

Our benevolent friends from Khairpur Mirs

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit continues his memoirs in which he writes on his ‘friend-in-fate’ friend Abdulgani Gulmez’s ‘life in emigration’. In the ninth part of the series, […]
June 17, 2021

Pakistani national architecture and Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay and his works in Pakistan. Yücel drew attention to Dalokay’s works in Turkey and around the […]
June 15, 2021

Getting caught in the heat of Lahore while escaping the cold of Sivas!

Doğan Yücel, who decided to teach abroad right after graduating from the university in Turkey, wrote the story of his migration to Pakistan. Yücel dreamt of […]
June 15, 2021

Turkish Teacher Ayşegül Karahan (2): I wished my children to grow up in Pakistan

We publish the second part of our interview with Ayşegül Karahan, who started working at PakTurk School in Karachi after teaching Turkish in Peshawar for 3 […]
June 12, 2021

A Turkish school in the deserts of Balochistan and Pashtun students

Educator Taner Koçyiğit continues to narrate about his life in Pakistan. In the eighth part of his memoirs, he narrates his experiences in Quetta, his new […]
June 12, 2021

Daily life in Khairpur Mirs: Full of challenges and quirks…

Educator Sadullah Bayazit continues his series of articles in which he wrote his ‘friend-in-fate’ Abdulgani Gulmez’s ‘life in emigration’. In the eighth part of his memoirs, […]
June 9, 2021

A Page from History: Medical support from Sakarya doctors to flood survivors

In the ‘Page from History’ series, this time we share the story of medical support provided by a group of doctors from Turkey after the great […]
June 9, 2021

Turkish Teacher Ayşegül Karahan: Pakistan was tough but beautiful

During the hours we talked with Ayşegül Karahan, who taught Turkish at the PakTurk Schools, about her life in Pakistan, the sentence she most often repeated […]
June 7, 2021

Pakistan’s sad day: 62 people died in train crash

62 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after two passenger trains collided in southern Pakistan. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals, while […]
June 5, 2021

The fruitful reading retreat in Khairpur Mirs and the next place of duty

Educationist Taner Koçyiğit continues to narrate special stories from his 14 years in Pakistan. In the seventh part of his memoirs, he wrote about the reading […]
June 4, 2021

Utterly-surprised authorities by the school’s progress in only one year

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit continues to narrate the opening process of the PakTurk School in Khairpur Mirs in the seventh part of the article series in which […]
June 3, 2021

Urdu guitar performance by Meryem Köken, a former PakTurk student (Video)

Guitar performance by Meryem Köken, a former PakTurk student, and the song ‘Allahi Allah Kiya Karo’ sung in Urdu. You can find the Urdu lyrics and […]
June 2, 2021

Outstanding parks and promenades in Pakistan

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the popular parks and recreation areas in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi by adding his own experiences. LAHORE Changa Manga: Lahore metropolitan […]
June 1, 2021

Farewell to Attock and ‘a long workshop’ in Islamabad

Education volunteer Taner Koçyiğit continues to narrate stories from his 14 years in Pakistan. In the sixth part of his memoirs, he wrote about his departure […]
May 31, 2021

Pangs of converting an old building into a school in Khairpur Mirs

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit continues to narrate the opening process of the Turkish School in Khairpur Mirs in the sixth part of the series in which he […]
May 30, 2021

Hiran Minar: The tower that Jahangir Shah built for a deer

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the Turkic ruler Jahangir Shah’s keenness for hunting and what he did in the region that now remains within the borders […]
May 29, 2021

Educationist Hüseyin Yılmaz: I miss our Pakistani ‘elder brothers’ the most

Hüseyin Yılmaz, who went to Pakistan as a university student years ago, continued to work in the PakTurk Schools after his graduation. He got so used […]
May 27, 2021

‘Wrangling the escaped cattle’ and the first Eid ul-Adha in Attock

Education volunteer Taner Koçyiğit continues to narrate the accounts from his 14 years in Pakistan. In the fifth part, he shares with us their first-ever Eid […]
May 26, 2021

How was the Turkish School in Khairpur Mirs Opened? (2)

Educator Sadullah Bayazit continues to narrate the opening process of the first-ever Turkish School in Khairpur Mirs in the fifth part of the series in which […]
May 25, 2021

Arts Competition ‘Children’s Painting’ Category Prize Winners

The following are the top three prize winners of the ‘Children’s Painting’ category of the PakTurk File Arts Competition titled, “My Life in Pakistan”: First Prize: […]
May 25, 2021

Arts Competition ‘Youth’s Painting’ Category Prize Winners

 The following are the top three prize winners of the ‘Youth’s Painting’ category of the PakTurk File Arts Competition titled, “My Life in Pakistan”: First Prize: […]
May 25, 2021

Arts Competition ‘Children’s Poetry’ Category First-Position Holder Refia Meryem Acar: My Dear Country Pakistan

Refia Meryem Acar’s poem got the first position in the ‘Children’s Poetry’ category of the PakTurk File Arts Competition titled ‘My Life in Pakistan’. We publish […]
May 24, 2021

Arts Competition ‘Children Stories’ Category First-Position Holder Fatih Bayır: My Pakistan Diary

Fatih Bayır’s non-fiction story got the first position in the ‘Children Stories’ category of the PakTurkFile Arts Competition titled ‘My Life in Pakistan’. We publish 11-year […]
May 24, 2021

Arts Competition ‘Children Stories’ Category Second-Position Holder Nursena Gülmez: My Life in Pakistan

Nursena Gülmez’s non-fiction story got the second position in the ‘Children Stories’ category of the PakTurkFile Arts Competition titled ‘My Life in Pakistan’. We publish 11-year […]
May 24, 2021

Arts Competition ‘Children Stories’ Category Third-Position Holder Hüsnü Cihan Yücel: The Land of My Birth

Hüsnü Cihan Yücel’s non-fiction story got the third position in the ‘Children Stories’ category of the PakTurkFile Arts Competition titled ‘My Life in Pakistan’. We publish […]
May 22, 2021

Arts Competition ‘Youth Stories’ Category First-Position Holder Nurefşan Gülmez: If Dreams Were Real

Nurefşan Gülmez’s non-fiction story got the first position in the ‘Youth Stories’ category of the PakTurkFile Arts Competition titled ‘My Life in Pakistan’. We publish 16-year […]
May 22, 2021

Arts Competition ‘Youth Stories’ Category Second-Position Holder Daniş Murad Erguvan

Daniş Murad Erguvan’s non-fiction story got the second position in the ‘Youth Stories’ category of the PakTurkFile Arts Competition titled ‘My Life in Pakistan’. We publish […]
May 22, 2021

Arts Competition ‘Youth Stories’ Category Third-Position Holder Zeynep Nazlı Yücel: My Glass Bracelets

Zeynep Nazlı Yücel’s non-fiction story got the third position in the ‘Youth Stories’ category of the PakTurkFile Arts Competition titled ‘My Life in Pakistan’. We publish […]
May 21, 2021

Painter Fikret Otyam: Multiply the heat of Gaziantep with twenty times more the heat, sprinkle some aromata of spice and there you’ll have Peshawar!

Fikret Otyam, a Turkish painter and author, visited some countries in the early 1970s. He compiled his memories of the visits in his travelogue ‘Ne Biçim […]
May 20, 2021

Allah led our long-sought school building to our doorstep

Education volunteer Taner Koçyiğit continues narrating accounts from the 14 years he spent in Pakistan. In the fourth part, he described the school in Attock, how […]
May 19, 2021

How was the Turkish school in Khairpur Mirs opened? (1)

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit narrated the opening process of the first Turkish School in Khairpur Mirs in the fourth part of his memoirs in which he also […]
May 19, 2021

‘Perilous’ memories from Lahore traffic

Researcher Doğan Yücel wrote about the constantly dense Lahore traffic. Narrating his quest in purchasing a car and getting a driver’s license as well, Yücel also […]
May 17, 2021

Beşiktaş’s championship and a ‘common denominator’ in Pakistan

Osman Arslanhan, an educator who worked in Pakistan for many years, wrote his memories that surfaced after Beşiktaş’s 2021 championship in the Turkish Super League. He […]
May 15, 2021

We had you…

Educator, writer and poet Mehmet Karadayı wrote an emotion-laden poem on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr, describing his longing for Pakistan. Karadayı was compelled to […]
May 14, 2021

Death and condolence

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Farooq Ali Khan, one of Lahore’s esteemed businessmen and academics, as well as one of […]
May 14, 2021

In Pakistan, Eid is a grand family reunion

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit narrated the Eid traditions and the significance of exchanging Eid greetings in Pakistan, where he lived for many years.  Having arrived after the […]
May 13, 2021

“We had a decent meal for the first time in 7 days in Ramadan”

Educationist Doğan Yücel wrote about the humanitarian assistance activities organized by the volunteer PakTurk employees after the devastating flood disaster in 2010 which also coincided with […]
May 12, 2021

A lonely Turkish teacher and his devoted local friends in Attock

Education volunteer Taner Koçyiğit wrote about his life in Pakistan, where he spent 14 years, having gone there at the expense of even selling vacuum cleaners […]
May 11, 2021

Islamabad days and Gani’s abundance…

Educationist Sadullah Bayazit wrote about the emigration of Abdülgani Gülmez, whom he met while going to Pakistan in the 90s and found – in a sense […]
May 10, 2021

I’m a teacher; I teach Maths and I sow the seeds of love

We share the short story of a math teacher who had his first professional experience in Pakistan where he had enthusiastically migrated to work. M.E. Ünal […]
May 9, 2021

A page from history: CHP’s Nur Serter visited the Turkish school

On our website, we will sometimes train our magnifying glass on different pages from the quarter-of-a-century long history of the PakTurk Schools. In today’s part of […]
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 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

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 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 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 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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