ISLAMABAD - The students of class 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th who proved their incredible potential in mathematical skills and secured positions in 8th National Inter-School Maths Olympiad (ISMO) were awarded prizes on Tuesday.The national prize distribution ceremony was held in Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges, Chak Shahzad. Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Cicek and National Assembly of Pakistan Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi were the chief guests of the programme. MNA Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Turk Ambassador Babur Hizlan, Federal Secretaries, officials of Pak-Turk Schools, students, parents, and others also attended the award distribution ceremony.The ISMO titled, “Pakistan Seeks Al-Khwarizmi,” was held on January 27, 2013 at all the branches of Pak-Turk Schools across the country simultaneously, in which some 16500 students participated representing around 500 schools.  Many students of different schools bagged cash prizes from 50,000 to 30,000 while Abdul Moeez Ijaz, a class eighth student of Jinnah Preparatory School Islamabad was declared Al- Khwarizmi of Pakistan for his outstanding performance.  He will retain the title for one year. Abu Abdallah Muhammad Ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi was a legendary Muslim mathematician.Other students who won cash prizes for the first three positions respectively from each class are Faiz Mahmood, Ali Nawaz, Zia Naveed, Momin Ahmad Khan, Najeeba Asim, Raja Shah Mir, Aleeza Fatima, Laiba Ijaz, Abdul Rehman Shamsi, Nimra Lateef and Rehmat Munir. Speaking at the occasion, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Cicek said Turkey would continue to support Pakistan, which is a great and trustworthy friend. “We are tied in the religious and cultural bonds which should be further strengthened, he said, adding that our government as well as masses value multidimensional relations with Pakistan which would by further cemented by the passage of time.” He said Pak-Turk schools and colleges have been striving hard to provide quality education to Pakistani youth since 1995 and now 19 branches of the institute are functional in various cities and Pakistani students have been awarded scholarships in Turkish universities. Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi said Turkey is promoting education in Pakistan by establishing quality institutes and holding different competitions aimed at enhancing the level of our students. Ambassador of Turkey Babur Hizlan remarked that Pakistani youth had tremendous potential and amazing talent to progress and advance in all walks of life. Improving, educating and promoting the brightest Pakistani students is one of our mission, said Hizlan. The Principal of the school, Ebubekir HASPOLAT, informed that Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges have been successfully organising the ISMO for the students of private as well as the government schools across Pakistan since 2005. The broad objectives of organising the Maths Olympiad was to promote interest and excellence in Mathematics, encouraging the talent for Mathematics and providing an opportunity of International standards for the students to solve the challenging Mathematical problems.Mathematics test based on Multiple Choice Questions was conducted simultaneously in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Multan, Jamshoro and Mirpur Khas and there were a total number of 18 exam centers throughout Pakistan. Unal Tosur, PakTurk International CAG Educational Foundation, MD Pak Turk Fesih Celik, Director Education Kamil Ture and others also spoke on the event.