Turkey happy Pakistan acting against Fethullah Gulen’s followers

  • PM Abbasi, Turkish PM agree to bolster trade ties

ISTANBUL: Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has praised Pakistan’s cooperation in the fight against the Fethullah Terror Organisation (FETO) following last year’s defeated coup.

Addressing a joint press conference with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Istanbul, Binali Yildirim said that Turkey welcomed Pakistan’s “cooperation and sensitivity” on battling FETO, which Turkey considers a threat to Pakistan’s security as well.

“With your attitude, I am sure that FETO’s activities in our country will be ended,” Yildirim added.

Describing ties between two countries as “excellent,” Yildirim said: “We know that Prime Minister Abbasi and his delegation consider Turkey their second home—as we see Pakistan as our second home.”

Yildirim went on to say that Turkey would continue its active contributions to establish permanent stability in Afghanistan.

“In this framework, we sincerely desire the development of cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which we consider our brother.”

Yildirim also said that Turkey welcomed Pakistan’s sacrifices to ensure stability and peace in Afghanistan.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim also agreed to bolster bilateral relations in diverse areas with particular focus on trade and economy.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to fighting against terror, saying: “We stand by Turkey to fight terror and end it.”

“We believe that our people are friends, and at the same time Turkey’s friend is our friend, and Turkey’s enemy is also Pakistan’s,” he added.

The prime minister appreciated Turkey for supporting the people of Held Kashmir fighting for their right to self-determination promised under the UN resolution.

He was also appreciative of Turkey for raising voice for Rohingya Muslims and Palestinians.

The prime minister also appreciated Turkey’s strong support for Pakistan’s NSG membership.

About the situation in Afghanistan, he said, Turkey has always played a very constructive role in facilitating peace through better relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The prime minister also acknowledged Turkey’s role in finding a political situation to the conflict in Syria as well as for graciously hosting millions of refugees.

The prime minister appreciated Turkey’s leadership in uniting the Muslim Ummah, as the Chair of the OIC, in the aftermath of the imposition of illegal restrictions by Israel around Al Haram Al Sharif and Al Aqsa mosque.

Binali Yildirim said that Pakistan and Turkey have always supported each other in the hour of need.

Earlier, a Turkish family was deported, even though they were registered with the UNHCR.

The family which included former principal of Pak-Turk Schools, Mesut Kacmaz, his wife and two daughters, were allegedly abducted by security officials from his residence in Wapda Town on September 27.

However, the Lahore High Court hearing the petition filed against the deportation had directed the government to stop harassing the foreign nationals and provide protection to the staff and teachers. It ordered to put their names on the Exit Control List (ECL) so as to stop their deportation.

Turkey has blamed US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen for the failed coup in July 2016 and launched a crackdown on his supporters in the country and globally.

The deported director of Rumi Forum was also active against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Pakistan on social media.

Since the attempted coup, Turkey has fired 21,000 teachers and arrested hundreds of academics.

In a chain of 28 Pak-Turk Schools and Colleges in Pakistan, around 11,000 students are studying.

The project was launched in 1995 by the Pak-Turk Foundation.