The first anniversary of the Turkish coup was held in National Press club on July 15 to remember the sacrifices made by Turkish nation on this fateful day.
The world needs to learn lessons from July 15, 2016, failed military coup in Turkey where people came to the streets and faced bullets and tanks to save the democratic system of their country.
Turkish Ambassador Dr Sadik Babur Girgin, Bosnian Ambassador Dr Nadeem Makarevic and addressed the ceremony. Vice Chairperson for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Shah Mehmood Qureshi was the chief guest on the occasion. The event also featured an exhibition of pictures by photographers who beautifully captured the historic moments of the coup. The police band played the national anthems of both countries to welcome the guests. The Turkish ambassador also planted a tree in the NPC.
Around 240 citizens lost their lives and more than 2000 got injured when a section of military attempted coup against the elected government of Tayyip Erdogan.
Speaking Turkish Ambassador Dr Sadik Babur Girgin shared the details of the fateful day and the forces behind the coup. He said that there is still emergency imposed in Turkey as tentacles of the coup were spread so deep in the system of Turkish institutions. “All those involved in this conspiracy are tried in Turkish courts on the basis of strong evidence. The process is time taking and slow,” he said, adding that 3,000 government servants who were dismissed for their anticipated involvement in the coup are now back to their jobs. He warned Pakistanis to remain vigilant of the network of Fethullah Gulen who was behind the failed Turkish coup.
Bosnian Ambassador Dr Nadeem Makarevic paid rich tribute to the sacrifices of Turkish nation and said that they have defined the right path for the Muslim countries. He said that Turkey always stood by Bosnia in the difficult times.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Turkish people stood by their democratic institutions on July 15, 2016, because Tayyip Erdogan gave them good governance through these institutions and for Turkish people it was more important than their lives to save the democratic system. “He won the trust and hearts of Turkish people and worked tirelessly at the grassroots level,” said Qureshi.
Analyst Muwahid Hussain said that it was a black day for Turkey but a golden day for democracy which proved that with unity, awareness and right direction, common people become the most powerful force ready to face any coercive action. NPC President Shakeel Anjum welcomed the guests. He said that July 15, 2016, is a great a day in the Muslim history when Turkish people took the responsibility to save democracy. Later, a shield was presented to the Turkish ambassador by NPC President Shakeel Anjum, President of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Afzal Butt and NPC General Secretary Imran Dhiloon
Special prayers for martyrs of July 15 were held across Pakistan to mark the first anniversary of the defeated coup attempt in Turkey.
The prayers were held in hundreds of Mosques in all over the country under the aegis of Jamiat Ulema Pakistan (JUP), one of the mainstreams religious parties in Pakistan, for the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to safeguard Turkey’s integrity and democracy.
“It was a well-planned conspiracy involving some international powers to derail the democracy in Turkey through a so-called coup but the Turkish people foiled that attempt with unity and faith,” Shah Owais Noorani, the JUP secretary general, told Anadolu Agency.
In Karachi alone, Owais, a son of the country’s top religious scholar and politician, late Moulana Shah Ahmed Noorani, said that celebrations and prayers to mark the defeated coup were held at 61 venues.
“It was the unity, determination and the political acumen of Turkish people that led them to successfully defending the democracy on July 15 last year.”
Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
Pakistan’s unwavering support
“The actors behind the failed military coup had miserably failed to foresee the overwhelming reaction from the Turkish people who stood behind their government and leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” Owais said.
“Turkish people enjoy an unwavering support of their Pakistani brothers. We stood alongside Turkish people on July 15 last year, and will continue to do the same in any testing time”, he maintained.
Pakistan’s former foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said: “There is no doubt that Pakistan and Turkey are two brothers and nobody could separate us from each other”.
Addressing a seminar at National Press Club in Islamabad, Qureshi, who is also the vice chairman of an opposition party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), said that the Turkish people were happy and satisfied by their leadership and that was the reason people took to the streets and defeated the coup attempt.
The Turkish people have set an example for the world that no force could derail democracy when the people are satisfied with their democratic government. He paid tribute to Turkish citizens, who sacrificed their lives to defend democracy in their country.
Inayatullah Khan, the senior minister of northwestern Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province, also paid rich tributes to the Turkish people for their support to democracy and rule of law by foiling the last year’s coup attempt.
“We express our complete support and solidarity with the Turkish people, the government and the democratic institutions of Turkey.
Our government and people of Pakistan will always stand together with our Turkish brothers,” Khan told Anadolu Agency.
He said that friendship between the Turkey and Pakistan is time-tested and has strong roots.
“Turkey has always been a friend in need and stood by us in every difficult time”, he mentioned