Do Turkish people like Pakistani people?

Mudassir Ali
Dec 19, 2019 03:44 PM 0 Answers
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Do Turkish people like Pakistani people?

Mudassir Ali
- Dec 19, 2019 03:45 PM

It was 1993 and I was returning home from a business trip to Turkey. In my checked luggage, there was an empty gas cylinder, which very much looked like this.

At Istanbul airport, my offending suitcase was flagged during baggage screening, because the said cylinder looked very threatening. I was asked to open the suitcase.

While I was fumbling with my keys, the security agent had a look at my passport. His eyes suddenly lit up and a large grin appeared on his smart Turkish face.

He held my hand and motioned me not to open the suitcase. In his broken English (remember it was 1993 and the English proficiency of average Turks was very basic) he said, “Pakistan brother. No check bag”.

While we were having this discussion, a few other customs and security agents gathered around.

There was an exchange in local language and they also became equally happy and friendly towards me.

One of them picked up my, still locked, suitcase while the other took my laptop bag from me. They escorted me all the way to the check in counter and parted after warm and strong handshakes.

Same show of affection by average men on the street in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, when I took my Turkish friends out for a meal.

One of our previous presidents, Pervaiz Musharaf, spoke fluent Turkish, having spent some time its Turkey, during his younger days. On one of his state visits, when he addressed the Turkish parliament in their language, he received a standing ovation.

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