Turkiye has honored Pakistan’s Alkhidmat Foundation, a charitable organization, for its major contribution to the country’s largest rescue, relief and rehabilitation operation following a catastrophic earthquake of extraordinary magnitude that claimed more than 50,000 lives in the Eurasian republic and neighboring Syria, according to an official statement issued on Wednesday.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented the charity with the prestigious “Supreme Sacrifice of the Republic of Turkiye” award in recognition of its vital contributions.
When the disaster hit the country on February 6 this year, the Alkhidmat Foundation sprang into action and finally seized the opportunity and saved the day for scores.
Comprised of 47 dedicated members, the search and rescue team, led by Ikramul Haq Subhani, worked tirelessly for 10 days in the aftermath of the earthquake, according to the statement.
Known as “Pak 10,” the team worked with international counterparts and used advanced equipment to locate survivors and pull victims from the rubble, the statement said.
It said President Erdogan expressed his sincere gratitude to the Alkhidmat Foundation and the Pakistani people for their continued support during this challenging period.
Subhani responded to the president’s remarks, highlighting “the deep bond between Pakistan and Turkiye, a bond that pushes both nations to help each other in times of need”.
Dr. Hafeezur Rehman, president of the Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan, congratulated the organization’s volunteers on receiving the esteemed award, saying that “the award is a source of pride for the entire nation”.
In addition to their search and rescue work, Alkhidmat Foundation has also provided essential relief supplies including food, tents, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits and tarpaulins to the earthquake victims.
“The charity’s unremitting efforts have endeared them to the Turkish people and strengthened the strong bond between the two countries,” the statement said.
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