According to an announcement by ASELSAN, the "Islamic World Istanbul Awards" ceremony was organized for the first time this year in order to honor and encourage persons and institutions that support and strengthen vision, depth and integration of the Islamic World.
The awards, which will be granted in fields including government, private sector, diplomacy, business world, science, culture, arts, technology, strategy and public diplomacy were granted at the sixth forum organized in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, by the members of the Think Tank Platform of the Islamic Countries (ISTTP). The award ceremony was hosted by the Security Committee of the Pakistani Senate and the Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain also attended the ceremony.
At the ceremony, ASELSAN was awarded with the Istanbul Technology Award, which was presented by Hussain to ASELSAN International Marketing Manager Tuğrul Özkan.
ISTTP was established with the Istanbul Declaration published after the Think Tank Forum of Islamic Countries in 2010. The Think Tank Forum of Islamic Countries and Board Meetings of Intellectuals had decided to grant the Istanbul Awards to honor people and institutions highly active in promoting the Islamic World.