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Turkey to restore British era mosque in Central Punjab

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  1. Jyotish

    Jyotish SENIOR MEMBER

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    Turkey to restore British era mosque in Central Punjab

    SIB KAIFEE

    October 09, 2019

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    Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) officials lay the foundation stone to mark the beginning of the restoration work on Hazrat Ibrahim Mosque in Hokran village of Jhang district in Pakistan's Punjab province on October 7, 2019.

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    ISLAMABAD: Resident of Hokran village in Jhang district praised the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) on Tuesday for responding to their pleas and initiating restoration work on a dilapidated mosque in their town that is more than hundred years old.

    Speaking to Arab News via phone, Zafar Iqbal, who lives in the town, said that his fellow villagers were “delighted and thankful to Turkey for rebuilding their place of worship.”

    Iqbal explained that Hokran’s local population had “sought TRC’s support about two or three years ago and requested its management to help fund the restoration of the mosque.”

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    Built in 1901, the condition of the mosque had declined, making people fear it could collapse and threaten the lives of the worshippers inside.

    Endorsing Iqbal’s account, the head of TRC Pakistan Delegation, Ibrahim Carlos, told Arab News: “We received a request from the local community that described the condition of the mosque and requested us to build a new one” since the funds raised by them were insufficient for construction purposes.

    Carlos said Turkey “tries not to turn down any requests from its Pakistani brothers or sisters to support any kind of project or program” in which the community has made effort to gather resources to meet their goal.

    “They had collected nearly 10 percent of the amount and TRC will fund the remaining 90 percent,” the delegation head of TRC said, though he declined to disclose the total construction cost.

    Carlos said that TRC expected to complete the construction “within eight months.” Once finished, he added, the building would accommodate up to 700 worshippers.

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    TRC general secretary Huseyin Can addressed the groundbreaking ceremony and distributed goods among the poor.

    According to the residents of the town, the mosque may be old but it has little historic significance.

    On Monday, officials of the Turk humanitarian organization held a groundbreaking ceremony to restore the 118-year-old Hazrat Ibrahim Mosque in the village and distributed food among the underprivileged segment of the community.

    The Turkish Red Crescent also gifted toys and stationery to over 100 schoolchildren.

    Addressing the locals, the organization’s general secretary, Huseyin Can, said it was a great honor to restore a mosque in a brotherly Muslim country, adding that his country remembered “the friendship of Muslims of Subcontinent” and their support during the Turkish War of Independence between 1919 and 1923.

    He added that Turkey had always assisted Pakistan in difficult times of natural disasters.
    Jhang is a district in central Punjab province situated on the east bank of river Chenab.

    Interestingly, the area was also ruled by Turks. Modern-day Pakistani counties of Bhera, Khushab, and Chiniot, which are now part of Jhang, stayed long under the rule of Timur Beg and his descendants ever since he invaded India in 1390, according to Pakistan government website.

    https://www.arabnews.pk/node/1566316/pakistan
     
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  2. 313ghazi

    313ghazi SENIOR MEMBER

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    What kind of place is this that they need foreigners to build them a masjid?
     
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  3. Pakhtoon yum

    Pakhtoon yum SENIOR MEMBER

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    Cant you do anything yourself?
    Garbage collection, outsourced to Turkey and China.

    Rebuilding/renovation, outsourced to Turkey.

    Building a road, outsourced to Turkey
    What next? Are they going to outsource the job of cleaning their own ars to Turkey too?
     
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  4. BATMAN

    BATMAN ELITE MEMBER

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    While Clinton foundation and European charities, only works for hindu interests and invest only in India.
     
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  5. dBSPL

    dBSPL FULL MEMBER

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    Espacially TIKA but with many institutions we spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year to re-establish and raise our common cultural and historical values.

    Hundreds of projects continue from Somalia to Bosnia, from Albania, to Kyrgyzstan, from Iraq, to Sudan, from Azerbaijan to Pakistan and even to Cuba and Venezuela.

    In particular, there are many architectural teams that have a very serious background in restoration. Don't see this as Pakistan's fault. Turkish organizations are already actively seeking such projects.

    TIKA's activities are currently underway in over 40 countries. The Red Crescent is much more common but more concerned with humanitarian issues.
     
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    appreciation for Turkiye and for our govts "lukh di lanat", you can't even restore/renovate our Masjids.
     
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  7. 313ghazi

    313ghazi SENIOR MEMBER

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    We appreciate the efforts, it's just frustrating that local communities and local government just sit on their hands and expect someone else to do it all for them.
     
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    That Ibrahim Carlos guy is chairman of Turkish Red Crescent - Chairman of Turkish-Pakistani delegation. He is active on charity on eids, special days and more in Pakistan. He is dedicated for such things. Don't blame the local govt. Mr. Ibrahim just loves to do this :D
     
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    Some need just reason to critise.
     
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    only in pakistan. like every thing else is f**** up. the whole system needs to be washed in bleach