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PM Nawaz stands as witness of Tayyip Erdogan’s daughter Nikah

ISTANBUL: Prime minister Pakistan Miyan Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, who is in Turkey on one-day visit, attended Nikah ceremony of Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan daughter Sumeyye.

PM Nawaz was among five head of states which were invited for the auspicious occasion by Erdogan.

President Erdogan has invited five heads of state/government for the event including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Azerbaijan President Ilham Heydar Oghlu Aliyev and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani along with their spouses.

Mr Nawaz was specially called on stage during Nikah to stand as witness of Sumeyye Erdogan’s Nikah.

Erdogan and his wife Emine have four children — eldest son Burak who is rarely seen in public, Bilal and two daughters Esra and Sumeyye.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was the other witness and army chief Hulusi Akar for the groom at the wedding ceremony to be attended by some 6,000 guests, media reports said.

In Istanbul some roads were closed to traffic because of the wedding and additional barriers were put up around the wedding hall in Kucukcekmece on the European side of the city, media reports said.

The groom Bayraktar graduated from Istanbul Technical University’s department of electronic engineering in 2002.

He received masters degrees from the University of Pennyslvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States.

He has been working as chief technology officer at a family company Baykar Makinam which manufactures unmanned aerial vehicles. He has taken part in a number of projects on the development of national defence systems.