Noted Pakistani writer and poet Amjad Islam Amjad received the prestigious Nacip Fazil International Culture and Art Award at a ceremony Saturday in Istanbul.

The award ceremony has been held annually since 2014 by Turkey’s Star newspaper in cooperation with the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry.

The award was organized to honor the cultural and literary heritage of Necip Fazil Kisakurek, one of the most important literary figures of Turkey whose poetry, fiction and political writings had a profound impact on the country’s new generations. Kisakurek died in 1983.

Amjad — the first foreign recipient of the award —

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