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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 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 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 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 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 […]

Poetry

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 […]
August 5, 2021

The Three Days of Life

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]

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