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194 killed as Turkish military coup attempt fails, Erdogan returns

Updated Jul 17, 2016 08:23am


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People react after they took over military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. — AFP
People react after they took over military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. — AFP

ISTANBUL: Forces loyal to the Turkish government fought on Saturday to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt which crumbled after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.

More than 194 people — including 41 police, 47 civilians, two military officers and 104 described as “coup plotters” — were killed in clashes that erupted since Friday after a faction of the armed forces attempted to seize power using tanks and attack helicopters, some strafing the headquarters of Turkish intelligence and parliament in Ankara, others seizing a major bridge in Istanbul.

Erdogan appeared to accuse the coup plotters of trying to kill him, and promised to purge the armed forces which in the past have staged a number of successful coups. “They will pay a heavy price for this,” he said. “This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army.”

  • Erdogan calls coup bid “an act of treason”

  • Coup appears to crumble, around 1,500 arrested for the uprising

  • 194 people killed across the country

  • Tanks roll out on streets, gunfire reported in Ankara and Istanbul

  • Turkish military issues statement, says it is “restoring order”

Turkish authorities have already detained around 1,500 members of the armed forces, officials said. Chief of staff Hulusi Akar, who had been reported held hostage by the rebels, has been rescued, a senior official said.

Supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gather, waving Turkish flags, in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16. — AP
Supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gather, waving Turkish flags, in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16. — AP

A successful overthrow of Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would have marked one of the biggest shifts in the Middle East in years, transforming a major US ally while war rages on its border.

However, a failed coup attempt could still destabilise a Nato member that lies between the European Union and the chaos of Syria, with Islamic State bombers targeting Turkish cities and the government also at war with Kurdish separatists.

Erdogan, who had been holidaying on the southwest coast when the coup was launched, flew into Istanbul before dawn on Saturday and was shown on TV outside Ataturk Airport.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses during an attempted coup in Istanbul, Turkey July 16. — Reuters
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses during an attempted coup in Istanbul, Turkey July 16. — Reuters

Addressing a crowd of thousands of flag-waving supporters at the airport later, Erdogan said the government remained at the helm, although disturbances continued in Ankara.

Erdogan said the plotters had tried to attack him in the resort town of Marmaris. “They bombed places I had departed right after I was gone,” he said. “They probably thought we were still there.”

The death toll has risen to 90, state-run Anadolu Agency reported, with 1,154 people wounded. Turkish authorities have detained 1,563 military personnel across the country.

‘No more coups for Turkey’

Turkey’s acting chief of staff Umit Dundar on Saturday said the country has “closed the chapter of coups for good, never to be opened again”.

Giving details to media representatives on how the bid to overthrow a democratically-elected government was thwarted, Dundar said: “Swift measures by our police and prosecutors and standing by democracy and rule of law prevented the coup attempt.”

Turkey’s senior military command was against the idea of overthrowing an elected government from the “very start”, Dundar said.

He added that the coup was attempted “largely by troops from air force, gendarmerie and some armoured elements”.

Close to 200 unarmed soldiers at the Turkish military headquarters surrendered to state authorities, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Smart phone address

In a night that sometimes verged on the bizarre, Erdogan used social media to speak to the Turkish people - even though he is an avowed enemy of such technology when his opponents use it, frequently targeting Twitter and Facebook.

At one point Erdogan effectively addressed the nation via a video calling service, appearing on the smart phone of a CNN Turk reporter who held it up to a studio camera so that viewers to the network could see him.

Turkish security officers detain Turkish police officers (in black) on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge. — AFP
Turkish security officers detain Turkish police officers (in black) on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge. — AFP

The pro-coup faction said in an emailed statement from the Turkish military General Staff's media office address that it was determinedly still fighting. Calling itself the Peace at Home Movement, the faction also called on people to stay indoors for their own safety.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said rebel soldiers who had taken control of military aircraft had fired from the air and fighter jets had been scrambled to intercept them.

Gunfire and explosions had rocked both Istanbul and Ankara in a chaotic night after soldiers took up positions in both cities and ordered state television to read out a statement declaring they had taken power.

Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's iconic Bosphorus Bridge on Friday. — AP
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's iconic Bosphorus Bridge on Friday. — AP

However, by dawn the noise of fighting had died down considerably.

Around 50 soldiers involved in the coup surrendered on one of the bridges across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul after dawn on Saturday, abandoning their tanks with their hands raised in the air. Reuters witnesses saw government supporters attack the pro-coup soldiers who had surrendered.

Earlier, around 30 pro-coup soldiers had surrendered their weapons after being surrounded by armed police in Istanbul's central Taksim Square.

They were taken away in police vans as a fighter jet repeatedly screeched overhead at low altitude, causing a boom that shook surrounding buildings and shattered windows.

Lawmakers in hiding

The coup began with warplanes and helicopters roaring over Ankara and troops moving in to seal off the bridges over the Bosphorus Strait that links Europe and Asia in Istanbul.

Authorities had shut the strait to tanker traffic, shipping agent GAC said.

Turkish people attempt to stop a tank moving into position in Ankara, Turkey, late Friday, July 15, 2016. — AP
Turkish people attempt to stop a tank moving into position in Ankara, Turkey, late Friday, July 15, 2016. — AP

In the early hours of Saturday, lawmakers were hiding in shelters inside the parliament building, which was being fired on by tanks. Smoke rose up from nearby, Reuters witnesses said. An opposition MP told Reuters parliament was hit three times and that people had been wounded.

A senior Turkish official said later on Saturday attacks on the parliament had “largely stopped”.

A Turkish military commander also said fighter jets had shot down a helicopter used by the coup plotters over Ankara. State-run Anadolu news agency said 17 police were killed at special forces headquarters there.

Momentum turned against the coup plotters as the night wore on. Crowds defied orders to stay indoors, gathering at major squares in Istanbul and Ankara, waving flags and chanting.

Turkish soldiers are seen on the Asian side of Istanbul, Friday, July 15, 2016. — AP
Turkish soldiers are seen on the Asian side of Istanbul, Friday, July 15, 2016. — AP

“We have a prime minister, we have a chief of command, we're not going to leave this country to degenerates,” shouted one man, as groups of government supporters climbed onto a tank near Ataturk airport.

Erdogan and other officials blamed the attempted coup on followers of Fethullah Gulen, an influential cleric in self-imposed exile in the United States who once supported Erdogan but became a nemesis.

The pro-Gulen Alliance for Shared Values said it condemned any military intervention in domestic politics.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he phoned the Turkish foreign minister and emphasised “absolute support for Turkey's democratically elected, civilian government and democratic institutions”.

European Council President Donald Tusk called for a swift return to Turkey's constitutional order, saying tensions there could not be resolved by guns.

Flights resume

Flag carrier Turkish Airways resumed flights on Saturday, Erdogan said. Malaysia Airports, the operator of Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Istanbul's second airport, said it would continue to process flights in and out of Turkey.

Soldiers took control of TRT state television, which announced a countrywide curfew and martial law.

Turkish security officers detain police officers on the side of the road on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge. — AFP
Turkish security officers detain police officers on the side of the road on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge. — AFP

An announcer read a statement on the orders of the pro-coup faction that accused the government of eroding the democratic and secular rule of law. Turkey would be run by a “peace council” that would ensure the safety of the population, the statement said.

TRT went off the air shortly afterwards. It resumed broadcasting in the early hours of Saturday. Reuters reporters saw a helicopter open fire in Ankara. Anadolu news agency said military helicopters had fired on the headquarters of the intelligence agency.

Turkey is one of the main backers of opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that country's civil war, host to 2.7 million Syrian refugees and launchpad last year for the biggest influx of migrants to Europe since World War Two.

People rally on a tank after they take over military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16. — AFP
People rally on a tank after they take over military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16. — AFP

Celebratory gunfire erupted in Syria's capital Damascus after the army claimed to have toppled Erdogan. People took to the streets to celebrate there and in other government-held cities.

Turkey has suffered numerous bombings and shootings this year, including an attack two weeks ago by militants at Ataturk airport that killed more than 40 people, as well as those staged by Kurdish militants.

After serving as prime minister from 2003, Erdogan was elected president in 2014 with plans to alter the constitution to give the previously ceremonial presidency far greater executive powers.

Turkey has enjoyed an economic boom during his time in office and has dramatically expanded its influence across the region. However, opponents say his rule has become increasingly authoritarian.

His AK Party has long had a strained relationship with the military and nationalists in a state that was founded on secularist principles after World War One. The military has a history of mounting coups to defend secularism, but has not seized power directly since 1980.

Pakistan assures full support to Turkey

Pakistan has assured full support to Turkey after an attempt to overthrow Erdogan’s government was foiled.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatimi spoke to Turkish foreign minister and assured him of Pakistan’s “full support”.

Prime Minister Nawaz sharif strongly condemned the act, saying it was an attempt to harm democracy which was foiled by the people of Turkey.

“Resolve demonstrated by the people of Turkey against a military coup is appreciated,” he said in a statement released by the Prime Minister House.

— Additional reporting by Mateen Haider from Islamabad


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Skkk Jul 16, 2016 01:27am

So sad to hear. Hope the culprits fail and are punished.

Sri1 Jul 16, 2016 01:36am

High time. There needs to be some balance of the military and the civilians in any Islamic nation. Too much dominance of either entity is harmful to the entire neighborhood.

Khan Jul 16, 2016 01:45am

It seems Pakistan and Turkey are facing similar challenges

AZURE Jul 16, 2016 01:50am

This is turning out to be a high voltage drama week. By next week, we might see Erdogan out of office and middle east is going to be in a deeper quagmire.

Karma Jul 16, 2016 01:52am

...Military claims it has taken over..

Ahmed USA Jul 16, 2016 01:53am

Pakistan is standing with you in these times of crisis dear Turkish brothers and sisters… Never ever think for even a single moment that you are alone… Love from Pakistan...

Amit Jul 16, 2016 01:55am

Its better military takeover the power bcuz this so called democratic government has done nothing but promoting extremism and twrrorism.

Zak Jul 16, 2016 02:00am

First Egypt, now Turkey and posters in Pakistan, rumours in India. No condemnation from any powers. whose hand is behind this.

Usman Jul 16, 2016 02:01am

It's interesting that the coup attempt has happened just as Turkey began to mend fences with Russia and started looking for a political solution in Syria.

IFTIKHAR KHAN Jul 16, 2016 02:03am

Bad news for ISIS. Who are they gonna sell oil to, now that Erdogan seems to be ousted?

fayez Jul 16, 2016 02:06am

I hope the attempt fails. Democracy wins. We have suffered a lot due to military coups. I wish this dont happen in Turkey

Niazi Jul 16, 2016 02:10am

We want Turkish model

Shahid Jul 16, 2016 02:10am

After Egypt, it's Turkey and hopefully it will also be supported by USA, champions of democracy

Zak Jul 16, 2016 02:11am

Hope not. Democracy derailed by whom?

Alba Jul 16, 2016 02:13am

Erdogan is no democrat. Only the Turkish army can secure the country against terrorism. The Army feels that Erdogan has betrayed Kemel Ataturk's democracy. Erdogan was making too many mistakes thinking he was not making any mistakes. Turkey has suffered as a result.

salman Jul 16, 2016 02:18am

This shouldnt have happened. A democratic government should only be replaced with another. it matures and strengthens the democratic process, but it isn't a free licence to do loot and plunder. I find it funny to hear military saying we will abide by the law. What law? they broke the fundamental law by taking over.

Z Khan Jul 16, 2016 02:17am

Military coups are not an answer to any political issue. feel sorry for democracy in Turkey if the news is true. it seems in Muslim world, each and every General think that he has got solution to all the problems. there is something intrinsically wrong with their mindset.

Alba Jul 16, 2016 02:19am

The coup has seized Erdogan's top general. The army has moved on the police who will not resist.

Haider Jul 16, 2016 02:18am

Welcome Turkey's Sissi - may your end be near!

NOT_IN_SYDNEY Jul 16, 2016 02:17am

all muslim countries looked to turkey for modernity and democracy.. that is also gone now.. juice conspiracy anyone??

JJ Jul 16, 2016 02:20am

This is just wrong

M. Emad Jul 16, 2016 02:20am

Turkish military might install democracy in Turkey like in Egypt.

zarar Jul 16, 2016 02:20am

Martial law in turkey! didn't see that coming.

M. Emad Jul 16, 2016 02:24am

Turkish military might install secular democracy in Turkey like Egypt Military.

Super Jul 16, 2016 02:21am

Few days back in Pakistan too we have seen poster for demanding military to take over, just wonder Y Muslim countries prefers military rule over elected democracy is a puzzle !!

haidri Jul 16, 2016 02:23am

turkish army seemed to be moved by the banners hanging in islamabad!

Ravi Jul 16, 2016 02:28am

Hope the area already ravaged by civil wars does not fall into another one. Erdogan was playing with Turkish secularism and consolidating power with little room for criticism.

RAJIV NEKKANTI Jul 16, 2016 02:27am

lol, the one country that supports Pakistan (other than China), now firmly back under "secular" military control.

Patriot Jul 16, 2016 02:31am

The last thing I wanted to hear. We support will of Turkish people

Frankly Speaking Jul 16, 2016 02:36am

3 brotherly countries: Pakistan Under soft coup Turkey Under Hard coup China Under everlasting Coup

Can't you all just show these armies where its place is? Army has no business to govern.

Sachin Jul 16, 2016 02:39am

Whatever is best for the people

Farrukh Jul 16, 2016 02:38am

What's happening ? Am i the first one to read this news?

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jul 16, 2016 02:40am

Wait for a while and it will be known to the whole world whether Turkey will be governed by the elected government or military. At this point of time, none knows who is in command sine both the parties are claiming to be occupying the throne. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait /

Anas Jul 16, 2016 02:39am

This is going to be enormous for our region as well!...

Justwasif Jul 16, 2016 02:41am

Another Muslim country lost democracy

Raja Hindustani Jul 16, 2016 02:42am

Why there is no real democracy in muslim world?

Hope. Jul 16, 2016 02:42am

This in unacceptable.

Elected government by the people of Turkey can't be run over by army. Turkish army is pro Mustafa Kamal secular ideology and are uncomfortable with Turkish P.M's pro Islamic belief.

AdHawk Jul 16, 2016 02:47am

Pakistan must be rethinking the 'Turkish Model' now.

AXH Jul 16, 2016 02:50am

Erdogan is to blame for this coup. He was steering the country towards the right when Turkey had been in the middle, with a slight tilt towards the left, for decades. I liked his stance on Israel though.

AdHawk Jul 16, 2016 02:48am

So much for the Turkish dream of EU membership.

Saif Jul 16, 2016 02:53am

Best news in years. Good luck to Turkey and welcome back to your long-standing principles of secularism and respect for all.

hasan shah Jul 16, 2016 02:55am

tanks are on the street to restore constitutional order, human rights, rule of law and democracy.

mustafa ahmed Jul 16, 2016 02:55am

this will definitely make Mian Saab and Co lose some of their sleep.... .

Bhujang Patil Jul 16, 2016 02:56am

I hope the military coup rids the country of bigotry that Erdogan induced, and starts afresh with Kemal Ataturk's ideology.

sana-1 Jul 16, 2016 02:59am

This was going to happen.....Erdogan's policies were making Turkey worst day by day!

Muzaffar Ali Jul 16, 2016 03:00am

Turkey was being Talibanized and that was enough for the Turkish army to intervene.

shaz Jul 16, 2016 03:03am

Totally unnessary

Muzaffar Ali Jul 16, 2016 03:06am

Free hand to militant elements was too much for the army.

Mare Jul 16, 2016 03:06am

I hope there is no coup.

Glasses Jul 16, 2016 03:08am

Well this is interesting............Edrogan, the president, was tightening his grip and warping his presidency into the very system his party had replaced. Enjoying absolute and authoritarian rule. And the military is now coming back “to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated." Looks like the military has had enough of the democratic experiment or of someone else telling them what to do.

Innocent Jul 16, 2016 03:11am

not acceptable

brr Jul 16, 2016 03:10am

Erdogan, with his attack on journalists, and his increasingly dictatorial behavior, has brought this upon himself, just like Morsi did in Egypt. Sad for Turkish people - they deserve better.

Irfan Jul 16, 2016 03:12am

A critical and most important event for what future beholds us. Pakistan will also become a centre of attention

A major blow to Middle East policy will lead to more instability across this region

Youth Jul 16, 2016 03:12am

Back to square one. Muslim countries will never learn. The coup in turkey must have put fear of God in Nawaz Sharif back in Pakistan.

I am malala Jul 16, 2016 03:13am

Sad sad sad!!!!! This coup is the manifestation of strategic changes in world order. The way things are unfolding,i fear next country to follow will be Pakistan.These imperialist countries will never any Muslim or developing countries to rise to a position that would threaten the imperial designs of Western countries.I hope that General Raheel is not impressed by this attempted coup.Long live democracy..

Vijay Jul 16, 2016 03:12am

Liberalism more important than any religion.. Support to Turkish Army.

Tamilselvan Jul 16, 2016 03:17am

Turkey will become another Egypt.

Bilal Dogar Jul 16, 2016 03:15am

Hopefully there won't be any bloodshed. Erdogan pushed the secular elements too much against the wall. Let's hope Turkey will come out stronger and better from this ugly incident. And Erdogan needs to stop in his tracks before it's too late. Reforms are in order.

Boots Jul 16, 2016 03:22am

I hope this coup fails as it vl serve deterence to those lying in wait for similar adventurism in our country.

anony Jul 16, 2016 03:22am

This is extremely sad.

Khi Jul 16, 2016 03:28am

Erdoğan is going well, attempt is unjustified and controlled by external forces to usurp turkey and remove Muslim world's evolving power. Russia, china and Pakistan must resist.

Honey Jul 16, 2016 03:29am

Truly a sad day for democracy.

TRUE PAKISTANI Jul 16, 2016 03:31am

What is happening to all our friends? China had a bad week with South China Sea decision, bombings in Saudi Arabia and now Turkey.

M. Emad Jul 16, 2016 03:32am

According to BBC, 'president' Tayyip Erdogan fled Turkey (Turkish local time: 1:30).

karur Jul 16, 2016 03:32am

The whole world knows that single-handedly, Erdogan has ruined Turkey. It should come as no surpise that the Military has taken control

innocent Jul 16, 2016 03:33am

@hasan shah ...agree

Haider Jul 16, 2016 03:35am

Erdogan was supporting militants. Army couldn't take it anymore and took the right step.

Raiwind are you watching the news??

Arshad ,Canada Jul 16, 2016 03:35am

It will be a bad news for democratic roll throughout Islamic countries. A good news for India and Israel who already claimed to be only democratic countries in the region. The army has no place or right to govern a country.

trrao Jul 16, 2016 03:36am

What model Mr. Imran Khan wants take now? Mr. Ergodan abandoned secular policies and tried to play religious card in the politics and plunged the whole country in to chaos. His indirect support to ISIS is finally started to turn against Turkey it self.

Saqib Jul 16, 2016 03:41am

Yes, some people now will be so happy and forget the words of democracy and support army, just because Turkey becomes now a Islam-oriented country... Shame!

fazzy Jul 16, 2016 03:45am

Sad Sad day....another Islamic country being shaken.....after syria iraq egypt etc... Sad to read comments that they are supportive to this!!

Hindutavi Rakshas Jul 16, 2016 03:56am

@shaz how do you know?

Youth Jul 16, 2016 04:01am

People of turkey are on the roads to fail the coup. Well done !

Aatir ehrar Jul 16, 2016 04:04am

They should forget EU now.

Asif Jul 16, 2016 04:04am

People are blaming Erdogan as if he was a dictator. Please don't forget that majority of the people voted for his party twice. So whatever change we have seen in Turkey is the result of what majority of Turkish want. Not everyone fancy secularism and you can't enforce your way of life on people.

One more thing - this will not be a peaceful coup as we can already see that people are on streets !

Asad Khan Jul 16, 2016 04:04am

Great news for Turkey. They were moving towards extremism .

Rafi Ka Deewana Jul 16, 2016 04:07am

Never a dull and boring day anymore. But each news is mind boggling, mostly bad , and getting worse. This one maybe a good piece. Don't know yet.

But my head is spinning around already!

Dawn Reader Jul 16, 2016 04:07am

Looks chaotic in Turkey now , next 24 hours will be critical !!!

Joe FL Jul 16, 2016 04:11am

If Erdogan starts hiding in his new Presidential Mansion, how will they find him? It has 1500 rooms.

Khilari Jul 16, 2016 04:12am

Goodness. How easy is it to take the weapon in hand and kill unarmed people. The audacity of such cowards!

itellyou Jul 16, 2016 04:12am

Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

moe2 Jul 16, 2016 04:13am

Coup - not in the greater interest of world and Turkey. No doubt Erdogan was becoming more authoritarian recently but coup is not a solution. This will put back Turkey in its progress. If this is real it would be advisable for the military to call for elections as soon as possible.

Muhammad Naeem Tariq Jul 16, 2016 04:16am

It will be disastrous for Turkey and the people of Turkey. The monsters are on the streets. But the people of Turkey are protesting and resisting the nefarious designs of the Military junta. Hope that the will of the people of Turkey will prevail over the the brute force. The Govt and People of Pakistan should support the democratic and legitimate government of Turkey.

Swapnil Jul 16, 2016 04:34am

Where is peace?

AdHawk Jul 16, 2016 04:41am

Time for Erdogan supporters to show their mettle. Don't derail your hard-fought democracy like the Egyptians.

LGSYR Jul 16, 2016 04:45am

Whatever may be the outcome of this turmoil, one thing is very clear that Turkey will not be stable for many years to come. After Syria, it is Turkey...from bad to worse...

Zak Jul 16, 2016 04:45am

To those who are thinking Raheel may do something similar ,do not even for a second do that, Raheel is the most honourable man I know, even if does take over he will appoint IK as PM

faisalkalim Jul 16, 2016 04:59am

I hope that Democracy wins. No to military rule.

zafar Jul 16, 2016 05:02am

For all those coup supporters, it is failing. Army troops hauled away by the Police. Tanks taken over by people on the streets. Hope to see Erdogan on TV soon!

Muhammad Zafar iqbal Jul 16, 2016 05:07am

Finally people's power will emerge and rebbles will mate their fate.

Ravi Chandran Jul 16, 2016 05:07am

I saw this coming. Endogan was becoming more and more autocratic and steering Turkey far from the ideals of Ataturk. Turkey's foreign policy is a disaster. Hope the Military will stabilize the country and bring it to its senses. Somewhere in Pakistan, a politician is shaking in fear.

Sophie Jul 16, 2016 05:09am

For the first time in my life see how better literacy rate makes people easy to lead but difficult to drive. Turkey set an example. Power to the people.

Studentsindhi Jul 16, 2016 05:31am

Where are folks living . The coup has been averted already. The people of turkey have spoken . They hv taken to the streets in a show of solidarity with their leader

Noor Jul 16, 2016 05:32am

erodegan wont go down without a fight. .. i see bloodshed ... and i see a rerun of Venezuela's attempted (failed) coup against Hugo Chavez

Ayub Jul 16, 2016 05:32am

May God help the people of Turkey.

next Jul 16, 2016 05:36am

who is next ?

zubi Jul 16, 2016 05:47am

The people have spoken..nomore going back to dictatorship..erdogan was elected leader and the democracy has prevailed

Asadkhanasad Jul 16, 2016 05:56am

Democracy or martial law doesn't matter it is not about right or wrong . It is about like and dislike . It is a world hypocrites

AdHawk Jul 16, 2016 06:10am

Keep fighting, democrats, it's now or never.

Arshad ,Canada Jul 16, 2016 06:11am

@AdHawk , This model has been defeated already. Sorry pal.

Arshad ,Canada Jul 16, 2016 06:15am

Many of the Turkish President s policies are condamnable but the we should all remember the "old system" which was. nothing to be proud off.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jul 16, 2016 06:19am

Shouldn't I lament (cannot applaud in any case) that at this time when Turkey is facing coup like situation our VVIPs are just keeping silent as if nothing has happened in the country Pakistan calls a truly friendly country? At CNN, I could read the concern and statement of Obama and other leaders including Iran Foreign Minister but nothing of the sort over there or even here from us. Don't they know the dictum, 'Friend in need is a friend indeed'. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait /

moe2 Jul 16, 2016 06:23am

World leaders including US is supporting democracy in Turkey

wiserneighbour Jul 16, 2016 06:26am

Turkey was plunging to be a fanatic country under Erdogan.Someone would have decided,enough is enough.

Np Jul 16, 2016 06:26am

Is there a single Muslim country which has had civilian democracy for 25 years running?

@AdHawk maybe they also want army to come and politicians to move in?

Battleaxe Jul 16, 2016 06:27am

Hey you people are still worried of posters ?

Ali Jul 16, 2016 06:29am

Amazed at some of the comments in favour of dictatorship here. We may have disagreement with Erdegon on many issued, but he is the elected president. Why are we so easily lured by military takeovers? When are we going to get mature as a nation.

Abdul Jul 16, 2016 06:39am

We suppport Erdogan

Solve the Problems Jul 16, 2016 06:43am

@Arshad ,Canada Dont be too sure...

Solve the Problems Jul 16, 2016 06:49am

Battle to save Turkey

Syed Jul 16, 2016 06:57am

The failure of this coup is a fine example of the power of people and democracy.

Anwer ali Baluch USA Jul 16, 2016 07:00am

I support democracy and Erodagan President, but would like to mention that Pakistani PM Nawaz sharif open eyes and declare his asset honestly and let nation know how he transfer money to Panama Gate it is sooner done is better.

Tamza Jul 16, 2016 07:07am

A coup is not called for - secularism too is a 'religion'. What matters is well being of the citizens. Long term. NOTHING ELSE.

AntiZak Jul 16, 2016 07:29am

Will Pakistani people stand up the same way to the next coup?

zafar Jul 16, 2016 07:32am

@Bhujang Patil Looks like the supporters of the coup are defeated on the ground but still alive and kicking on Dawn!

aman Jul 16, 2016 07:33am

Turkey!! what a role model for us. They have serious issue in their country..Erdogan is Arrogant

Kamal Jul 16, 2016 07:46am

Now even Turkey-Islamic states descending into chaos!

Disappointed Jul 16, 2016 07:52am

While Erdogan has his many faults, one of them being his recent normalization of bilateral relations with the apartheid state of Israel, this attempt at a coup to oust a democratically elected government is most despicable...

We have seen in the past that whenever the military tries to intervene in the smooth running of the political system it leaves behind many more problems than it solves...even in Egypt's case where General Sissi overthrew Morsi's elected government with the aid of Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian people were the losers.

I hope our own men in khaki do not take a leaf out of the books of the Turkish military as history also shows that army's interference in politics has tarnished its image more than added to its credibility.

amu Jul 16, 2016 07:55am

"No power is greater than the power of people". And people stood to save democracy. This happens in countries where democratic values are strong, leaders emerge from masses and public doesn't wait for a messiah, but elects one. Democracy is superior to any other system and democratically elected leaders are better than the army officers - even though military personnel may be core professionals. Hats off to Turkish people! A lesson for us.

Zia Jul 16, 2016 07:55am

@mustafa ahmed 'some' of their sleep? All of it but he may think of himself as 'Erdogan' and will regret as Erdogan has roots in masses , has done a lot for the country and is not corrupt that is why people came out for him. Try that in Pakistan it will work opposite and people will come out to support army, this time more so. Hope Nawaz doesn listen to his aides like Asif, Rasheed etc like 99.

SKhan Jul 16, 2016 07:57am

Erdogan haters: Proud Turkish people have rescued him. Why never we rescue our leaders on such occasions? Probably we like dancing and sweets. U2 says in one of their songs "they could kill us but they could not kill our pride"

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Jul 16, 2016 08:02am

Turkey should be a democratic state and President Erdogan must not grab all power.

The going away of the Prime Minister is an ominous sign.

Hopefully the military leadership will not be able to declare martial law.

Let us wait and see!

Moona Jul 16, 2016 08:11am

Good thing it was foiled.

anony Jul 16, 2016 08:32am

The power of the people is very strong. Long live Turkey.

Muhammad Altaf Jul 16, 2016 08:33am

Long Live Turkish people for their brave struggle against military coup. I am sadden by the loss of precious Turkish people lives in resisting military take over.

moe2 Jul 16, 2016 08:35am

Democracy wins. Use the power of vote not guns if a change is required. Social media is stronger now a days and gone are the days when people were taken by surprise due to lack of information. Turkish democracy is surviving - Thanks to use of social media by people to come back to power.

Nisi Mastoi Jul 16, 2016 08:37am

Hats off to Turkish People

Ammar Jul 16, 2016 08:50am

The attempted coup has been thwarted by the Turkish people and the civil administration. Long live Turkish people, long live Tayyep Erdogan !

Qaisar Jul 16, 2016 08:50am

Turkey is leading Islamic world and an outspoken voice to oppressed muslims around the world and a true friend of Pakistan. Any attempt to dislodge Erdoagan must not be allowed to succeed.

Bipul Jul 16, 2016 08:56am

Turkey enters the phase of chaos just like other middle east countries.

Vimal Jul 16, 2016 08:57am

@Zak you know?

DSK Jul 16, 2016 09:14am

@Zak , Pakistan military has taken over democratic government years back without even people realising it.

SHAH Jul 16, 2016 09:16am

Erdogan was honest leader poor man selling bread. Pakistan need Turkish model of government when military take over public should be on streets in order to defeat dictator.

AliPasha(USA) Jul 16, 2016 09:29am

@Muzaffar Ali That's why Turkey's economy is among 20 economies in the world and Their per capita income is around $11,000.Erdogran and his party have won the Turkish elections three times in a row.

abdul wahid Jul 16, 2016 09:31am

Why are muslim nations so unstable? Look at our nation. Look at Egypt, look at Bangladesh, look at turkey. Coups after Coups after Coups. Coups in the name of religion (iran). Coups against religion and Taliban inaction (turkey). Dictatorships in Libya, Iraq. Name one peaceful islamic nation with a long history of democracy? The only nation that comes to my mind is Indonesia (currently). Is something wrong with us muslims? How does an immensely chaotic nation with incredibly unmanageable and diverse population like India, maintain political stability?

No Mansland Jul 16, 2016 09:35am

KUDOS TO TURKEYS CITIZENS.This is the answer to all the military forces of the countries in the world that peoples power is supreme and if people patience worns out then they will even defeat thier own countries army with thier bare hands.citizens of the country are supreme and it is thier will that will run the country and military forces are subservient to them.this is the lesson to all militaries of the world that what will happen in future if they think of military coup in any country.

Gulrez Khan Jul 16, 2016 09:38am

Clerics and Military form biggest threat to democracy.

Gujranwala Jul 16, 2016 09:40am

Dumb & Deaf democracy is best than Army rule. All the support for Erodgan.

Danish Jul 16, 2016 09:42am

Under Erdogan, Turkey has flourished from a failed state to a leading economy. And west cannot digest Muslims and Islam flourishing this much.

A Good Person Jul 16, 2016 09:43am

PAkistan should learn from it, another Coup attempt is waiting in pakistan.

First Pakistan, then Turkey, then China always having autocratic government, all are going to Join North Korea like stature.

May god bless the world and save world from these non sense Countries.

Waqas Shaikh Jul 16, 2016 09:47am

I am not a fan of Erdogan but Military take over is unacceptable. Erdogan and his party are elected by the Turkish people and their vote must be respected. It is very difficult to comment on today's event in Turkey but it certainly it has to do something with the changing landscape in the Middle East. The most recent Turkish attempt to normalize relations with Russia.

Saqib Jul 16, 2016 09:47am

This is crazy, there's always been kemalist extreme secularists in Turkey. They finally showed their ugly face and need to be eliminated. The brave turkish people will never compromise in their Muslim identity now.

Krana Jul 16, 2016 09:53am

@Ammar If same happened in Pakistan, Pakistani people will support the same isnt it?

Ahmed bin Babar Jul 16, 2016 09:54am

The turkish nation needs to stand together to defeat the internal and external enemies of its State and democracy...

white noise Jul 16, 2016 09:56am

a fire starts with a spark and a spark has been lit... its Turkey's turn now

GAK Wazir Jul 16, 2016 09:58am

Hats off to the valour and determination of the Turkish people. Those involved in the failed military attempt must be made an example of horror.

Harish Jul 16, 2016 10:01am

They will probably do the same thing in Pakistan. Occupy media houses first along with the government.

jm Jul 16, 2016 10:06am

Hats off to Turkish public!

Shaikh Abdul Rasheed Jul 16, 2016 10:11am

Thank God democracy has been secured to be derailed.

Ujjain Jul 16, 2016 10:14am

Erdogen wants to align with the Islami world,and so updating his policies accordiwngly. People in Pakistan should be happy.

Imran Aslam Jul 16, 2016 10:19am

Erdogan is not an American slave, which is the root cause of all chaos. If he accept the hegemony of America and Israel, all will be good.........Keep resisting Erdogan, Prayers are with you man..

Abbas Naqvi Jul 16, 2016 10:25am

The attempted coup is reflective of the division in the Turkish army and its disagreement over Erdogan's Middle East policies especially taking wrong sides in the Syrian conflict and combating Daesh. Turkey's traditional secular image had been changed by Erdogan and its tilt to the right was not acceptable to the army. Coming to power on popular vote, Erdogan had also been drifting towards dictatorship and authoritarian rule. Turkey needs to hold its democratic system intact for which its leadership should focus on what is in the national interest of the country and larger interest of the region.

MUHAMMAD USMAN KHAN Jul 16, 2016 10:31am

@Youth This is the difference between Turkey and Pakistan. In Turkey people came out on streets to protest against Army because their government is good and not corrupt. In Pakistan when army intervenes no body came out in streets. Rather they thank God that army removed our corrupt leaders.

Atif Jul 16, 2016 10:34am

This fail attempt is a slap on liberals face.

50 Shades of Khaki Jul 16, 2016 10:40am

Salute to Turkish people for thwarting this attempt. A lesson for us all - had we resisted the three martial laws imposed in our country - Pakistan would not have been what it is today

Rajan Talwar Jul 16, 2016 10:42am

Hats off to Turkish public!. But in Pakistan some people are openly asking army to take over.

Amin Jul 16, 2016 10:45am

This coup was very much expected. How could anti Islam international community tolerate a truly elected democratic Muslim government, which was not toeing its line ?

Common Man Pak Jul 16, 2016 10:48am

Excellent News, long live Erdogan!

Atif Jul 16, 2016 10:57am

The pseudo Democrats and their comments were heart rending in the morning while the situation was not clear. Their analysis of the turk government and it's taking the country to extremism was just a wrong respective reflection. Salute to this nation. Yet another reason for following THE TURK MODEL.

Sudhanshu Swami Jul 16, 2016 10:57am

Pakistan, North Korea and Turkey are true friends. Birds of a feather flock together

Sudhanshu Swami Jul 16, 2016 10:57am

Whom should Pakistan Follow ? China or North korea or Saudi Arab or Turkey ?

Ahmad Jul 16, 2016 10:59am

People of Turkey set new example for oppressed nations who are languishing under military dictatorship. The effort of Turkish people is matchless and exemplary. This is 21st Century in which logic, constitution and rule of law prevail rather than might is right.

Iftikhar Bhutta Jul 16, 2016 11:04am

We support democracy in spite of follies of Turkish President to prepare and support ISIL to topple Syrian government . After failure of coup Turkish Leadership should change policies and assist for holding peace in Middle East .

Hassan Jul 16, 2016 11:05am

Turks have shown the world that they are a living nation.

Ajay Tiwari Jul 16, 2016 11:07am

The same Turkey was concerned over hangings in Bangladesh! Now let us see what Erdogen does to his opposition. But for now I have a feeling that this is not over yet.

Gabbar Jul 16, 2016 11:12am

In recent terrorist attacks on Ataturk airport, a Russian was found. Turkey-Russia relationships have taken a nosedive after Turkey downing Russian plane. Does anyone smell KGB behind this coup?

ahmed Jul 16, 2016 11:25am

sincere hope Turkey can come out stronger than it was before , and sincerely hope no more lives lost for mere power grab.

Messanger Jul 16, 2016 11:39am

@Z Khan agree!

Albert Jul 16, 2016 11:41am

People power is real power!

Iftikhar Bhutta Jul 16, 2016 11:49am

The failure of military coup means democracy is strentghening in Muslim countries .

Imran ali Jul 16, 2016 11:48am

salute to people who saved the democracy...

saqib Jul 16, 2016 12:02pm

nation of pakistan is standing firmly behing the people of turkey ......long live turkey .....long live rule of people...

Aman Jul 16, 2016 12:07pm

inshallah turkey come out of this coup and be more stronger, military's job is to make country string and not weak by interfering or trying to rule the country.

soma irani Jul 16, 2016 12:16pm

@Zak rumors in india? Brother just keep us out of this. Coups are a speciality of nations west to our borders. We are a happy lot. Thanks.

Vijay, salem Jul 16, 2016 12:17pm

Looks like it's not over yet . But we are more worried about Indians stranded there including 200 odd students rather than this coup which is becoming a daily routine in Muslim countries.

Ravi Vancouver Jul 16, 2016 12:16pm

@Zak As time passed Pakistan public has become more matured than most other Muslim countries so it will be difficult for any military to have successful coup and get public support in Pakistan. General Mushataf was removed because of public protests against him.

Arshad,Canada Jul 16, 2016 12:16pm

@Sameer , Sorry the latest events must have disappointed You. I do not like many of the Erdogan's policies. But do remember the democracy is not yet established there . The Military is very much part and parcel of the system specially, in defence affairs. Relationship with Kurds , Syria and ISIS has their total involvement, He is elected and we must respect the will of people and after the Coup attempt the way people came out to defend the Elected Govt. shows public trust in the current system. We Pakistani should learn a thing or two from the Turkish people. Go back and search Google to find out how much economic improvement have Turkey achieved since Erdogan came into Power. I hope after these events, he would look into his short comings and as for as the army is concerned, it will come out a Weaker than before. God help Turkish people and their Democratic System.

Khan Jul 16, 2016 12:37pm

Well done Turkish people. U deserved to be free nation who refused to submit to any army occupation

Ramesh Nakhwa Jul 16, 2016 12:36pm

Very happy to see the people dancing on the tanks. Very powerful symbol of peoples power Hope Pakistanis learn something from it.

AKB Jul 16, 2016 12:44pm

Turkey has been saved from falling in line with Egypt by the heroic action of patriotic Turks. Those involved in the treason should be Punished severely.

Indian Jul 16, 2016 12:43pm

Only difference between Pakistan and Turkey coupe is that people in Turkey didn't support the army and people in Pakistan always support army over civilian government.

Mehran michail khan Jul 16, 2016 12:52pm

Let the people of turkey decide what is good and what is bad for them as they know better. Military rule has no moral and legal justification whatsoever. If people are not happy with Mr erdogan they will vote him out. The fruits of foreign interference for brining freedom to the people from tyrany of rulers are visible in Iraq, libiya, syria etc..

BK Jul 16, 2016 12:54pm

I salute the courageous public of Turkey those bravely came out to street and opposed the military coup. Turkey is a secular, democratic country which follows European culture.

Ali Ahmed Bandesha Jul 16, 2016 01:09pm

Real story is people don't care about democracy or dictatorship or whatever. Turkish nation just supported Tayyab Erdogan because he is an Islam Lover, talk about Islam & stood for Muslim community around the world.

Asad Ayaz Jul 16, 2016 01:10pm

I personally support President Erdogan,and people of turkey are praise worthy.

malik humayoun Jul 16, 2016 01:12pm

Salute to Brave People of Turkey and Mr. Erdogan

Ray17 Jul 16, 2016 01:14pm

So this is a classic episode for people who said that erdogan is not wanted by his country and he should quit. Well, people sure did come out and stood against the coup. So yeah i guess the rest of the world and ant-erdogan can shush now.

Kerala Jul 16, 2016 01:16pm

As usual.

Martian Jul 16, 2016 01:32pm

@Ahmed USA. What is position and stand you have to help Turkey people..

REVERSESWING Jul 16, 2016 01:56pm

@Sri1 I fully agree with you.

Aatir Ehrar Jul 16, 2016 02:27pm

Superb work by people Military should always be under civilian control they exist to serve people not the other way round.If people don't like Erdogan they will vote him out Simple Military rule is unjustified in every way possible.I am glad to see that despite the usual idiocy in our country we are also moving towards a position where coups are a distant possibility.If people want an Islamist government they will vote erdogan if not they will vote someone else. Military has no authority whatsoever to impose liberalism and secularism on the people who don't want it.

malik humayoun Jul 16, 2016 02:35pm

@MUHAMMAD USMAN KHAN Salute to Turkey people and Mr.Erdogan

fazalpai Jul 16, 2016 02:53pm

@AZURE seems like that,

Ash Jul 16, 2016 03:32pm

@Aatir Ehrar some reason , democracy is not for the Muslim world ,have a look around .Is it working ?May be Malasia and Indonesia , but rest is all testing times.May be they are better off Under Military Rule.Just a thought.

ak Jul 16, 2016 03:33pm

@Zak My point exactly.

Atif Jul 16, 2016 03:44pm

Attempt to overthrow democratically elected Turkish Government have failed miserably by the grace of Almighty. Cheers! Long Live Turkey, Long Live Pakistan We stand by our Turkish brethren to safeguard its soil from any such intrusion attempt to destabilize the country.

Hamaad Jul 16, 2016 03:46pm

Long live Turkey, long live Erdogan

Samad Chaudhry London Jul 16, 2016 03:50pm

It is a lesson for all those who are trying to encourage a coup in Pakistan

bala Jul 16, 2016 04:37pm

Please don't criticise the army . They are great guys

Zak Jul 16, 2016 04:58pm

Welcome back mr President Erdogan and Pakistan stands with you.

ROHIT PANDEY Jul 16, 2016 05:21pm

Turkey is on a path of addiction to theocracy.

Cold turkey and move back to secularism or it is going to be a very destructive addiction.

Good luck, Turkey!:):)

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Jul 16, 2016 05:25pm

I'm so overwhelmingly impressed by Turkish people's unswerving resolve and love for democracy who came out to the streets in tens of thousands on the call of their democratically elected president and climbed over the armoured tanks and made many soldiers surrender before the might and wish of their countrymen. I was watching all this drama unfold on CNN. Looks like freedom loving Turks have foreve buried the military adventurism in that great country. Congratulations Turkey; congratulations Teyyep Ardogan. I hope we learn a lesson from a brother Muslim country next to our courtyard and start loving and preserving democracy and work to our goals within the framework.

Ali Jul 16, 2016 06:05pm

@Ray17 amen bro

Geoffrey Jul 16, 2016 07:10pm

@Zak No rumours in India

lafanga Jul 16, 2016 07:34pm

Long live Turkish democracy and Erdogan.

pathanoo Jul 16, 2016 08:12pm

As I have said previously; Erdogan has painted himself in a corner. He will only get out of Turkey either in a casket or in an exile. "Sultans" have a limited shelf lives .

arvind Jul 16, 2016 08:36pm

This is a great example of how people can thwart the overthrow of a democratically elected government. However bad the government is, however corrupt, it is a people's government and only people can change the government via ballot . There is no role for a ' non elected' forces like Military. It looks all great and sweet when people say military can bring a change, it will not. A junta can never replace a vox populi,voice of people is supreme. If the government is and, it is just people who are to be blamed and take corrective measures via next ballot.

Result Jul 16, 2016 10:48pm

@RAJIV NEKKANTI i was thinking the same.

Mustafa Jul 16, 2016 11:08pm

The Western think tanks can't think much. They thought they can quash democracy in Turkey just like they did in Egypt. Turks are a fundamentally different nation.

wise Jul 16, 2016 11:10pm

Democracy wins, Military loses. People win, arms and artillery lose. Turkey teaches a lesson to those who dream of autocracy.

Boss man Jul 16, 2016 11:14pm

Well, I hope the generals in Rawalpindi learns a lesson

Mady Jul 17, 2016 12:29am

Bravo Turk citizens for standing against army coup and its tanks.

anon Jul 17, 2016 12:46am

@Ravi Chandran Right now, most of the countries would be happy to see Erdogan evaporated.

anon Jul 17, 2016 12:56am

@Abbas Naqvi He has openly proclaimed that Hitler is his role model.

anon Jul 17, 2016 01:13am

This is a drama orchestrated by Erdogan himself to show that he and whatever he is doing is approved by the people.

Javed Jul 17, 2016 01:16am

The Turkish military are guardians of the Constitution and they have failed.

kalhoro Jul 17, 2016 01:33am

lesson to learn. Never mess with peoples elected representatives. When country is progressing why army wanted the power and what was agenda and who supported them. Now our shear also behaving alike he to belongs to Turkey.

Sachin Jul 17, 2016 02:15am

There are so many factions and groups within every country that it is impossible to understand who is against whom

shoukat sheikh Jul 17, 2016 02:31am

Welcome back Mr Erdogan.

Sameer Jul 17, 2016 03:29am


Turkey and Pakistan are world's apart in terms of democratic stability. You being in Canada is prove enough that the brain drain in PK is in full swing.

I hope Erdogan will look in to the mistakes he as made and learn from them. I guess he succeeded since he didnt have any offshore accounts. But can you promise the same for a country plagued with Joblessness, loadshedding and Artifical food shortages?

Sameer Jul 17, 2016 03:33am


Its not like PK doesnt want to. But my friends there tell me they dont have any other options. The politicians there are shady enough to affect the outcome of elections through money. The country unfortunately has almost always developed more in army ruke than civilian government.

Arshad ,Canada Jul 17, 2016 06:43am

@pathanoo , so stop making predictions

Arshad ,Canada Jul 17, 2016 06:49am

@Ali Ahmed Bandesha , Very simple but troubling thoughts.

citizen Jul 17, 2016 09:00am

@Ahmed USA : Turkey is a NATO member and there are many other countries to take care of Turkey....

Karim Jul 17, 2016 10:24am

Turkey is becoming another Iran. This man is very sensitive!

Dr. Siddiqui Jul 17, 2016 11:14am

Erdogan's smart use of an iphone defeated F-16s!

No one can defeat and overthrow a leader who is supported by people!

Rustam Jul 17, 2016 11:16am

@Usman - No there is a big difference between the two scenarios. Erdogan has served people and that is why the great people of Turkey resisted the coup. Erdogan has been ruling Turkey for last 13 years consecutively. Can you compare Erdogan with NS and AZ? A big NO!

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jul 17, 2016 08:44pm

President becomes Life President. Erdogan, President of Turkey was not in the capital when Turkish army staged a coup.Gerally speaking, the rulers in such like situations either run away and if they are not in the capital then they try to remain out of the muddle puddle to save their skin. But here the president has proved it otherwise. Knowing that army soldiers are in the capital Erdogan took bold step to fly back to the capital and addressed the nation in solidification with Turkish nation. He announced that he will prefer to die in Turkey, the country he belongs to. Turkish people, in response to the address of the president, came out on streets favoring President Erdogan and revolting against the army. I say with full authority and conviction that not many leaders are so daunting brave like him who has created history in recent times and, therefore, undoubtedly now Erdogan has turned out to be none but Life President. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait /

jerry Jul 17, 2016 10:57pm

@abdul wahid well said

Pat Rocky Jul 18, 2016 12:56am

I am torn between democracy and military rule. Which one is less corrupt?

Randomdude Jul 18, 2016 02:51am

@Ravi Vancouver It was US. Nothing to do with Pakistani People.

Saurav Jul 18, 2016 08:24am

@Ahmed USA ,Wow !!.. Both are in the same boat.