Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister, urged Pakistan to shut down Gulen schools. Fethullah Gulen, is a US-based dissident Muslim cleric whom Ankara accusing of masterminding the recent, failed coup attempt in Turkey. Ankara therefore has pressured Islamabad close all Gulen schools or institutions that may have the minutest of links to Fethullah. Cavusoglu was speaking at a press conference after talks with Pakistan’s Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz. Evidently, Ankara had insisted on action against Gulen schools even before the attempt. Cavusoglu said,
The request [to close Gulen Schools] was made when [Pakistan’s] President Mamnoon Hussain visited turkey [back in April]. Such an organization [Gulen-linked] poses risk and threat to security and stability in any country in which it exists. This terrorist organization has a global network of schools, business associations and cultural institutions.
A spokesman from Pakistan’s Foreign Office, Nafees Zakiria, while speaking with Express Tribune stated that both countries were in touch on the issue of Gulen schools and that Pakistan was addressing Turkey’s concerns all the while trying not to disturb the academic activities for a sizable number of students.
An attempted coup took place in Turkey on the 15th July, 2016. It was suppressed the following day. Many have accused the United States however, no concrete evidence to support the accusation surfaced. Ankara believe Gulen and his followers played a major role in orchestrating the coup. Gulen has denied these accusations. The coup attempt left 240 people dead and injured an estimated 2,000. After the coup attempt, over 1,500 military personnel were arrested across the country.
Pakistan’s action against Gulen schools is uncertain however, Cavusoglu stated that Pakistan assured her full cooperation in the matter. He described Pakistan as a second home for Turks and thanked Pakistan for her support.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.