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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the parliament in Islamabad. ─AP
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the parliament in Islamabad. ─AP
Tayyip Erdogan reviews a guard of honour in Islamabad. ─Reuters
Tayyip Erdogan reviews a guard of honour in Islamabad. ─Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a joint press conference in Islamabad alongside Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday where he announced the Turkish government is determinedly taking on what he termed the Fethullah Terror Organisation (Feto).

He said, "We are in the process of warning all of our friends and countries across the globe with whom we have solidarity" against Feto ─ what Turkey calls an alleged terrorist organisation headed by US-based self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen who President Erdogan accuses of instigating a botched coup to remove him from office earlier this year.

Pakistan had earlier promised Turkey it would look into the affairs of the Pak-Turk education network that Ankara wanted shut down for its alleged links with Gulen.

PM Nawaz Sharif, Turkish President Erdogan address joint press conference. ─AP
PM Nawaz Sharif, Turkish President Erdogan address joint press conference. ─AP

"It is now certain that behind the [July 15] coup attempt we have the Gulenist terrorist organisation and its leader residing in Pennsylvania," Erdogan alleged.

"It is necessary to dismantle this evil network... The terrorist organisation is a threat to the security and public order of Pakistan," he claimed.

The Turkish president claimed Feto "has been hiding behind the facade of acceptable concepts and terms such as delivering service, education and dialogue... But we saw on July 15 that they would not refrain from aany methods, including bloodshed to gain their purposes."

"They have undertaken infiltration operations aimed against the Turkish armed forces, the Turkish police force, the juidiciary and different levels of ministries by using and hiding behind these innocent concepts."

"An on that night [of the coup], these people [Feto] carried out... all the heinous acts that you can imagine by utilising taxpayers' money," he claimed.

"They bombarded the national assembly of Turkey, the presidential complex, the headquarters of special forces. They bombed civilians... But our nation took ownership of its independence... and democracy."

"The recent development in solidarity and support has been the decision to ask Pak-Turk staff to leave by Nov 20," Erdogan said. "This organisation will find no shelter in Pakistan."

"The students in the Pak-Turk schools will be taken care of the to the highest standards thanks to joint cooperation" between Pakistan and Turkey, Erdogan claimed.

"I am thankful for the solidarity demonstrated by the Pakistani administration on this matter... And for their decisive stance against this organisation," Erdogan said today.

"Some columnists in Pakistani newspapers were underlining or making innocent statements or remarks but they are not welcomed by us," the Turkish president said, in an apparent reference to recent coverage of the expulsion of Pak-Turk schools' Turkish staff from Pakistan.

PM Nawaz and Turkish President Erdogan addressed a joint press conference following a one-on-one meeting and delegation-level talks in the capital.

'Keeping close eye on LoC tension'

Erdogan said both leaders had "touched upon recent developments" regarding the Kashmir issue.

The increasing number of problems and tension along the Line of Control (LoC) are having a signifcant impact on our brothers and sisters in Kashmir, and have come to a point where we can no longer ignore them, he said.

"We are keeping a close eye on tension along the LoC and the loss of life," he said. "The issue of Kashmir needs a resolution based on dialogue between Pakistan and India, in line with UN resolutions and bearing in mind the demands of our brothers and sisters in Kashmir," he said.

Erdogan addresses joint session of parliament

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a record third address to a joint session of parliament on Thursday lauded Pakistan's commitment to upholding democracy.

"Pakistan, with its stance against the July 15 coup attempt, perpetrated by Feto, showed that it also stood by the Turkish Nation in its second War of Liberation."

The Erdogan reiterated the view that "Feto is a bloody terrorist organisation posing a threat not only to Turkey but to all countries in which it operates."

He alleged that Feto has a network in 120 countries, and Gulen is trying to establish rule from Pennsylvania.

"I wholeheartedly believe that this terrorist organisation will be eliminated as soon as possible without harming brotherly Pakistan. I appreciate the recent decisions taken by the Pakistani government in this direction, and I thank you for your strong support in our fight against Feto," he said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets PM Nawaz Sharif. ─Reuters
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets PM Nawaz Sharif. ─Reuters

The Turkish president called for enhancement of bilateral cooperation and solidarity against "terrorist organisations".

"Terrorist organisations such as Al Qaeda and its affiliate Daesh are the agents of the war carried out against Islam which are only and solely harming Muslims. We should eliminate these bunches of killers, who have no other skill than to shed Muslims’ blood, from the Islamic world and from all over the world as soon as possible."

"Terrorist organisations are hurting both Islam and Muslim countries... And everyone knows the West is helping them," he alleged.

He spoke of the need for progress in an 'Islamic' way and to fight against anyone "who is a threat to our future".

"In order to save the Muslims from this servile situation faced, we have to eradicate all means of exploitation from sectarianism to ethnic discrimination spreading among the Islamic nations."

We must fight together against those who are desiring to turn the Muslim world into a geography in which division, defeatism, instigation, hatred and ignorance prevail," he said.

He reiterated that Pakistan and Turkey are brotherly nations and said both countries had strengthened bilateral ties in recent years.

"The Kashmir issue, which we follow carefully and could not have been solved for almost 70 years, continues to hurt our conscience. The latest developments in Kashmir once again demonstrated the importance and the urgency of the solution of this problem," he said.

"We are deeply concerned about the increase of the tension. The international community should exert further efforts in order to solve this issue which has political and humanitarian dimensions, according to justice and law."

Erdogan called on Pakistan and India to take into consideration the demands of the Kashmiri people and find a solution to the issue through direct dialogue.

"Turkey stands ready to make any effort possible to this end," he said.

"Yesterday evening, the president and today the PM met me and we discussed Pak-Turkey ties. I hope very soon we will take our relationship forward through the strategic council."

The High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council established between Turkey and Pakistan in 2009 has brought an institutional framework for our relations, he said, adding that both countries had come a long way since then by signing 51 agreements and documents within the council.

"Together, we should put into practice new projects and new partnerships which will provide employment for our people."

"We should resolutely maintain our existing cooperation in order to deepen our relations in developing investments, infrastructure projects, health and defense industry."

"Scholarships from Turkey are helping Pakistani students complete their Masters, PhD and undergraduate study."

"500 Pakistani students will be able to go to Turkey for PhD scholarships every year in light of a document signed between Pakistan's Higher Education Commission and the Turkish higher education body," he said.

Erdogan is on a two-day official visit to Pakistan, during which he has held one-on-one meetings with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf 'leadership' boycotted today's session of parliament on the grounds that it would take place under a 'controversial' prime minister who is facing charges of corruption.

“We welcome the Turkish president to Pakistan but at the same time, we do not want to endorse a prime minister who has broken the country's law and has engaged in corruption," PTI Chairman Imran Khan said earlier.

Turkey will march forward under Erdogan's leadership: Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also addressed the joint press conference after a one-on-one meeting with Erdogan and expressed confidence that "Turkey will continue to march forward on the path of peace, progress and prosperity under President Erdogan's charismatic leadership."

Nawaz appreciated Turkey's bid for Pakistan to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, adding that it had "strengthened Pakistan's position."

"We believe that our close relationship serves as a stability factor in the region," the premier said.

Nawaz said "2017 marks the 70th year of Pak-Turkey diplomatic relations" and will be celebrated in a "befitting manner."

He said that during talks with the Turkish premier they agreed to "transform our special relation into a strong strategic part."

The PM said that "increased trade must be the nucleus of the robust economic relation we envision."

Comments (212) Closed

Shaikh Nov 17, 2016 12:51pm

What difference it will make in life of an ordinary person?

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Nov 17, 2016 01:00pm

@Shaikh Absolutely no difference in life of an ordinary person. This is one of PML-N's time waisting tactics and to divert attention from Panama Leaks and Lahore Model Town massacre.

Kam Nov 17, 2016 01:13pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan This is exactly what PTI was saying when they were dancing on containers during last dharna. PTI was claiming that why Chineese president is coming when we are protesting due to 35 punctures (proven lie). Also, IK was telling people that Chinese president is not coming and CPEC is a complete drama and fabrication. But soon after dharna Khattak start crying that CPEC is a reality but his province is not getting enough shares.

These visit do make huge difference and free trade agreement can have very positive impact on our struggling industries and job creation.

If I can ask you how Pakistan got anything by dancing on containers for last 3 years other than complete waste of time?

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 01:23pm

What an irony? Thousands of teachers, Government employees and Judges have been removed from service, arrested and thrown into jail in Turkey. Kurds are being hunted. And he is now very concerned about the Kashmiri people.

Khan Nov 17, 2016 01:31pm

Turkey is our brother country, we must do what needs to and in favor of both countries interest. Turk government can send new set of teaching staff to fill the vacant positions.

athar Nov 17, 2016 01:37pm

Recent purge in Turkey is also not democratic. Locking up dissidents, muzzling of press and ban on political activities happens only in dictatorship. Pakistan is facing hard time due to these practices by dictators. Setting scores in the name of democracy will not cause bright future for our bretherns at Turkey.

TAriq Nov 17, 2016 01:38pm

What if Fateullah's party might come into power of Turkey. Then what will be the Pakista's stand. Erdogan or Fateullah, Pakistan is friend of Turkey and its people which includes Fateullah. People comes and goes but country remains so Mr. Erdogan should avoid his internal problems addressing in Pakistan or any where in the world.

Riz1 Nov 17, 2016 01:38pm

Goodness, we couldn't even wrangle a strong and forceful condemnation against Indian activities in Kashmir? What is our diplomacy coming to - shame on the government. And feel so bad that all our brotherly nations not following the script. Pakistan army Zindabad!!

SMI Nov 17, 2016 01:39pm

I admire this Mr. Erdogan, He is great leader !

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 01:44pm

@Think twice. , Even the school teachers from Turkey, working in schools in Pakistan, are also being hunted by Erdogan :(((

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Nov 17, 2016 01:43pm

The same story all over the 58 plus Islamic countries. When the administration in power feels threatened to lose its throne, it could do anything and everything possible to save the regime, even if it means bombing its own people like what we see in Syria. What a shame?

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 01:47pm

@TAriq , You are perfectly correct. It appears more like the friendship is not with the people of Turkey; but only with Erdogan.

asad Nov 17, 2016 01:48pm

Turkish regime now surpass all justified manner to deal with uprising by such crack down, rise in intolerance will make it no different from unauthorized occupation in Egyptian so called self appointment to dictate the will of masses.

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 01:49pm

@SMI , Nothing great.

Jaan-Bhittani Nov 17, 2016 01:52pm

Thank You Mr. President for the speech on Kashmir Issue. Long live Pak-Turk friendship.

Mahmood Nov 17, 2016 01:52pm

Sad to see the over-reach and usurping of power in Turkey. Mr. Erdogan has used the figment of alleged attempted coup, to curtail civil liberties; fire hundreds of thousands of people in civilian and military positions; clamped down on press freedom; jailed journalists and essentially have adopted the Russian policies of closed society, run by a one-man-show. All the pretenses about democracy are superficial at best.

Turkey is becoming a Dictatorship+Monarchy much like Pakistan, where no one is allowed to question the motives, decisions, policies or pronouncements of the Monarch! I had a lot more admiration and respect for Turkish nation until now.

Furqan Nov 17, 2016 01:53pm

You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours

Aakashvaani Nov 17, 2016 01:54pm

Somehow everyone feels free to set rules for friendship with Pakistan.

Shahbaz Ali Nov 17, 2016 01:54pm

this is unfair, why government is expelling the teachers, they have no links to Golen nor these schools are running by government. Pakistan is already facing the lake of education. closing pak-Turk School and expelling the teachers is totally unfair. These teachers has no any links to politics. I would like to suggest the government not to take such cruel step against teachers and not to ruin the bright future of innocent children.

SV Nov 17, 2016 01:57pm

I hope Turkey will provide VISA free entry to Pakistani Citizen.

Hope. Nov 17, 2016 01:58pm

Welcome to Pakistan Mr. Erdogen! Note he has shown solidarity with Pakistan on all issue, he has openly criticized Kashmiri people miss treated by India and said we " can't keep an eye close on that ". Turkey has supported Pakistan on all international forums including NSG blocking ndia's bid. He shared what fundamentalists did in Turkey and how people stood up. Our enemies are hopelessly watching this beautiful friendship of 2 countries, this is a great feeling for a common Paksitani that we have tme trusted friends.

Jahangir khan Nov 17, 2016 02:02pm

Truly a great leader.

Bilal Nov 17, 2016 02:03pm

I fully support the Turkish president and his government in their drive against Gulen. Pakistan also needs to crack down against so called 'liberals' present within us.

Abdul Awaal Nov 17, 2016 02:06pm

Now Pakistan will listen and do what Turkey says.

Imtiaz ali khan Nov 17, 2016 02:06pm

@SV There is a possibility of that happening, Turkey has always been Pakistan's friend we all know that. I disagree with Erdogan on the case of state and religion must not mix and have to remain separate, be it of any faith.

Sana Nov 17, 2016 02:09pm

Not a good move keeping in view the present day education issues in Pakistan. May be some NGO should take these schools in their patronage.

Sana Nov 17, 2016 02:10pm

@Think twice. before you comment.

Syed Ahmed Nov 17, 2016 02:11pm

@KAM "free trade agreement can have very positive impact on our struggling industries and job creation" how can free trade agreement have any impact, let alone "very positive impact" "on our struggling industries" when our manufacturing output has been going down. A country needs to have a robust industrial base before it can go around signing free trade agreements otherwise we will just be flooded by the products of the other country - and job creation will be negligible if we only act as conduits to sell other's products.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Nov 17, 2016 02:13pm

@Bilal Turkey is better than most countries because of secularism. It needs to remain like that or else fundamentalist will get hold.

Nasir Soomro Nov 17, 2016 02:22pm

Under leadership of such people,we find ourselves Alice in the Neverfoundland.

bkt Nov 17, 2016 02:22pm

Turkey must find Pakistan to be a very odd state. We do not want to be well governed if it means a dictatorship the Turks relish - we prefer our freedoms and we have many. I doubt we could become a modern state given our bad habits, but we will remain a happy people at least.

majid Nov 17, 2016 02:27pm

Personal vengeance nothing more

Zealot Nov 17, 2016 02:30pm

@Sana think as many times as you can before posting comment.Education system is being Corrupted by Lack of attention of gov in pakistan.they have no structural mechanism to spend billions on education.which is why there is no accountibility because no checks and balance.while Pak-Turk Schools must be shut down.As now it is evident that US can do same to pakistan as they did with turkey by installing Pro american,Anti state element to create the Point is interests must be respected.once it was done then pakistan and turkey can find alternating way to create more education institutions for pakistan as current PAK-Turk schools cant be trusted AT i fully agree with Erdogan..

majid Nov 17, 2016 02:31pm

@SV they will never, these are just lip services

kalia Nov 17, 2016 02:35pm

What a waste of money and time of Pakistani people........

Fazeel Mehboob Nov 17, 2016 02:40pm

@Kam Brother for your kind information Turkey president this time came only to make sure that the Pakistan govt is sending the teachers of his rival developed education organization or not.

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 02:42pm

" Feto is a threat to the security and public order of Pakistan," How?

Ahsan Nov 17, 2016 02:52pm

In all such strategic matters, our decision makers should abide by one formula: SAB SE PEHLAY PAKISTAN. Our friendship is with Turkey but this should not be used for personal gains on either side

Expat (usa) Nov 17, 2016 02:55pm

Gulen is living in Pennsylvania (USA), Erdogan has requested that US expel Gulen. Request has been denied. Unlike Pakistan , US law won't allow extradition unless Gulen becomes threat to US security .

Alba Nov 17, 2016 02:56pm

It must have been a shock for Erdogan to discover he is a mortal.

Zealot Nov 17, 2016 02:56pm

@Think twice. Read my post

Bamboo Nov 17, 2016 02:59pm

He is trying to crack down his opponents and intellectuals by giving excuse of coup.

Syed abbas Nov 17, 2016 03:04pm

Nawaz is scratching Erdoghan back and he is scratching Nawaz back

Kam Nov 17, 2016 03:07pm

@Syed Ahmed Free trade can have positive and negative impact on our industries and these things needs to be debated in parliament.

But what you think of an attitude of sitting home and boycotting everything and saying that head of another state visit is just drama to sabotage our dharna and nothing else? People elected PTI members to represent them in parliament regardless who is PM. If PTI has a problem then they should resign and let someone else take their place. Biggest corruption is that you get all perks and benefits and do nothing. I rather PTI MNA do some corruption but at least take part in something.

SDA Nov 17, 2016 03:08pm

We should respect Turkey as Pakistan's friend and neighbor. Long Live Pakistan Turkey friendship.

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 03:07pm

@Zealot , Friend, With Government unable to contribute substantially to education sector, and with uncontrolled mushrooming of Madrasa education everywhere, Pak-Turk Schools are like a silver lining in the horizon and we must welcome them; not discourage them.

Basit Ali Nov 17, 2016 03:12pm

@Riz1 its the incompetancy of the people who dictate our foreign policy brother

Alba Nov 17, 2016 03:14pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad .... .... .... " This scene occurs throughout our history. Political power is the pivotal value in Arab culture. In our age there have been recurrent coups in the Arab world in a struggle for power, but not in an attempt to bring change for the better."

Qasim Nov 17, 2016 03:22pm

@Think twice. This seems like an international trend. For Example, Modi seems worried about Balochis in Pakistan while his forces drill holes in Kashmiris and take out their eyes.

Asif A. Shah Nov 17, 2016 03:27pm

Nobody should lose his/her job without the due process of law. Every person who is threatened termination from employment has a right to a Notice and a Hearing. In addition, every person has a right to defending himself/herself against any kind of accusation. One should not paint a large section of people with broad brush based upon whims and without concrete evidence.

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 03:26pm

@Qasim , True; Because, it is easier to point accusing fingers at others than to correct themselves

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 03:32pm

@Asif A. Shah , You are taking about general rules to be followed in normal circumstances.

majid Nov 17, 2016 03:33pm

Irony,,,Feto is an evil threat and daesh is a bunch of innocent flowers.

Noor Nov 17, 2016 03:34pm

So he is here to play dirty politics of turkey in Pakistan also. What a shame that we are letting go teachers who served our country on the wishes of 1 person just bcz he supports our PM

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 03:35pm

@majid , True words.

Hatim Nov 17, 2016 03:38pm

Unfortunately, Erdogan is speaking like a Dictator.

Mohajir Nov 17, 2016 03:40pm

Dear Erdogan nobody in Pakistan cares about FETO or Gulen

Ths Nov 17, 2016 03:46pm

Mr Erdogan you where supporting terrorist in Syria and now you are in Syria for Kurds and have violated Syrian and Iraqi lands how can lecture anyone ?

Qasim Nov 17, 2016 03:48pm

His speech is rather sad actually. I thought he is visiting Pakistan to discuss bylateral relations but rather its all about saving his own govt.

sam Nov 17, 2016 03:57pm

@Kam because we as a nation don't want to be accountable for our sin. I am you not interested in accusing the person because of whom Pakistan never successful and we are standing in que of IELTS tests and immigration.

Khwarezmi Nov 17, 2016 03:58pm

If you are at unease with English then speak Urdu. If you are at unease with Urdu then speak Punjabi. But speak with confidence!!

Haider Nov 17, 2016 04:03pm

Why are these charecters like Gullen and TuQ always finding refuge in the west? Hmmm

Haider Nov 17, 2016 04:05pm

248 murdered in a single night and USA continues shielding Gullen?

majid Nov 17, 2016 04:07pm

@ Ths agreed / true !

Karan-Mumbai Nov 17, 2016 04:18pm

He sounds only concerned with the coup attempt.

Skeptic Nov 17, 2016 04:24pm

Mr. Erdogan is becoming the Pahroh of Turkey. Everything has to to revolve around him, and his word and decision is absolute. No oversight by the legislature or the judiciary. No questioning by public representatives. And no dissent is tolerated. The ultimate in President for Life, dictatorship. Anyone questioning his authority, is deemed to be the Enemy of The State. Life imitates Art.

Zealot Nov 17, 2016 04:29pm

@Think twice. Thats your view point.Which is absolutely wrong....

Skeptic Nov 17, 2016 04:30pm

Power corrupts. And absolute power, corrupts absolutely. Mr. Erdogan Used by the West and the East to fulfill their aims, while overlooking human rights violations in the country. Other dictators admire him, and aspire to emulate him, will all the powers at their finger tips to silence any critic. The people on the other hand, are waiting and wondering, in fear.

Omar Nov 17, 2016 04:31pm

Well the answer to Erdogan's reservations should be that Bloodshed brings bloodshed if these teachers haven't breached Pakistani laws they won't be deported and yes those will be who had breach any Pakistani law or had been involved in FETO organized Coup attempt. With this a clear message should be given to the Turkish President. Keep the balance. Let people disagree but don't let them cross the line. Yes what FETO did was heinous crime and should be dealt with iron hands. But that doesn't mean those may disagree with you need to be killed or dealt with iron hands just because they disagree.

Nasir Askar Nov 17, 2016 04:31pm

Now it is proved we Pakistanis are good at taking directions only

S. A. M. Nov 17, 2016 04:32pm

all this upheaval for the sake of one person.

Akash Nov 17, 2016 04:34pm

Erdogan is threat to Turky.

majid Nov 17, 2016 04:45pm

@IMTIAZ ALI KHAN true true very true

ALI (CA) Nov 17, 2016 04:53pm

@Kam - dharna had contained the govt corruption to a level.

Hasssan Nov 17, 2016 04:54pm

Why such generosity all of a sudden??

Big speech Nov 17, 2016 04:58pm

@Think twice. Because the President says so. That is what happens in third world countries, you are expected to believe not ask questions.

Faisal Nov 17, 2016 05:03pm

@Kam if you could give me proof that PTI IK talked against cpec and called it a drama .. Then i would quit supporting IK..

mk Nov 17, 2016 05:03pm

@Aakashvaani Yes. I was surprised on reading this article.How can a visiting premier say something which should be said by host PM?

muhammad usman khan Nov 17, 2016 05:09pm

@Shahbaz Ali I think purpose of Erdogn trip is only to force Pakistani Government to expel staff of Pak Turk Schools.

muhammad usman khan Nov 17, 2016 05:10pm

@SV You are dreaming my friend.

sajed syed Nov 17, 2016 05:17pm

@Furqan , too much scratching creates scratches.

sajed syed Nov 17, 2016 05:18pm

@SV , I second it. Turkey shall respect our citizens. We shall have visa-free entry into Turkey so shall be Turks to enter Pakistan. Pak-Turk Bhai Bhai.

Iftikhar Husain Nov 17, 2016 05:18pm

The leaders who have put their wealth in foreign countries wants to help the poor it does not come to mind. Our leaders are not honest in helping Islam and its problems.

Ashraf yousafzai Nov 17, 2016 05:22pm

During the khalafat movement my fore fathers actively supported and partcipated in the turkish people materially and morally. Turkish people have not forgotten this support and we are proud to have real brotherly friendly relation.

sajed syed Nov 17, 2016 05:32pm

@Omar , Teachers shall not go back to Turkey. They shall apply for asylum in any western country of their choice, better next to Turkey so that their relatives and friends can visit them and when Erdogan is dead and buried, they can return to their country. Erdogan thinks he is immortal, he is as mortal as was any of his precedents who he worships and immitates.

ghayyas Nov 17, 2016 05:32pm

Erdogan WAS a good leader. Not any more. He wants to rule forever.

STARZAN Nov 17, 2016 05:43pm

BIG THANKS to The "New Ataturk" President RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN of Turkish Republic, and the Delegations! Every word right-on-The-mony! Good to know that some brave soul, in this world, has the guts to say, what needs to be said! Say it Boldly, loud & clear! No ambiguity. Up close. Let the hot spittle fall on the face of crooked West. And expose the 2 faces of the corrupt subversive "West (smiling faces, they lie)" and their mercenary weaponized hybrid hydras & parasites harming OIC nations. Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, OIC (STEPIO Zone) must form the Economic Development & Trading Zone. Buy & sell goods & services within the OIC Zone, first. And, other good mature things will follow for betterment of OIC. InshaAllah!

mojazze Nov 17, 2016 05:44pm

I would suggest that Turkey should resolve its issues with opposition at home first. Pakistan should stay neutral in the big picture. By the way Gulen has denied several times that he is in any way involved in coup attempt

Abbas Naqvi Nov 17, 2016 05:45pm

Using the pretext of july 15 abortive coup in Turkey, Erdogan has unleashed a wave of terror by eliminating all his political opponents. His crackdown against civil servants, army, teachers, professors and the Press still continues sparking protest by EU and US on human rights violations and suppression of the Kurds. His disastrous military incursion in Iraq and support for terrorists in Syria have already backfired. Turkey under Erdogan has drifted from its democratic path.

Zealot Nov 17, 2016 05:54pm

I believe this is time where we should cooperate with turkey if we want cooperation in return.otherwise we dont deserve an inch of Help of someone........Gullen Was involved in killing of more than 265 people in turkey and worked as pro american agent.Turkey ended dialogues with Turkey believe on us which is why it said to pakistan only NOT to any other country....we too should fully cooperate with our brothers and shut down Gullen Run schools who are promoting anti turkish views and are anti erdogan....

Salman Jan Nov 17, 2016 05:56pm

Erdogan seem to be too obessed with Gullen. A visit to PK seem to be for legitimizing his dictatorship in the international forume.

azam kadeer Nov 17, 2016 05:55pm

IK sb you see everyone trying to protect them self. he is here to get our help so people aainst him can be send back to his country. he is not here to endorse any one he is here for his own interest. you should have gone to parliment

ZAHID Nov 17, 2016 06:03pm

Erdogan supports ISIS.

JSR Nov 17, 2016 06:05pm

Erdogen visited Pak for his own benefit. Removing teachers on his behalf itself is totally unconstitutional act. Why Pakistan is reacting like this?

Myview Nov 17, 2016 06:07pm

Seems like Turkish president is trying to push his own agenda.And if so,why should we entertain his claim?

Umer haSan Nov 17, 2016 06:13pm

President Erdoghan spoke turkish like a boss, while Prime Minister spoke English.

Masood Hussain Nov 17, 2016 06:13pm

Sentiments expressed by the Turk President are admirable.

khanm Nov 17, 2016 06:15pm

we have enough on our table... do we need any more...Feto....our corruption is our biggest threat to our security..

pink noise Nov 17, 2016 06:33pm

@Shaikh so what was your expectations ? that all Pakistanis issues will be resolved through this visit?

Faisal Nov 17, 2016 06:36pm

@Kam if you could give me proof that PTI IK talked against cpec and called it a drama .. Then i would quit supporting IK..

Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY Nov 17, 2016 06:48pm

"I condemn the atrocities being committed in Kashmir and would like to see the resolution of the issue as per the will of the kashmiris"This is not an ordinary statement delivered by a foreign dignitary such as President Erdogan of Turkey in Pakistani Parliament.This proves Turkey is truly a well wisher of Pakistan.

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 06:50pm

Imran Khan would have handled the Pak-Turk Schools issue better.

T Khan Nov 17, 2016 06:51pm

Government of Pakistan made in USA UK etc. Policy for ruling Sindh made in Dubai. Policy for finance is made in IMF, WB etc. Looks like what is good for our security and education policy will now be made in Turkey.

Gem Khan Nov 17, 2016 06:53pm

Turkey's support for Kashmir resolution is praise able. freeKashmir

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 06:53pm

@Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY , Yes, Erdogan and Sharif are mutual well wishers of each other. They are good friends.

Ahmed Hassan Nov 17, 2016 06:54pm

After 70 years, we should learn to mind our own business. Getting involved in another country's politics has brought nothing for our country other than misery and blame.

Ahmed Hassan Nov 17, 2016 06:56pm

@Jaan-Bhittani : He is talking about Kashmiris when he has bigger Kurd problem on his hands..

JJ Nov 17, 2016 06:57pm

Mr. Erdogan, what about the right of Kurdish?

Gem Khan Nov 17, 2016 06:57pm

All the terrorists groups are killing and targeting only Muslims in Muslims countries. Why? Because they're not Muslims. Erdogan is absolutely right about terrorist. They're being backed by western powers.

Ahmed Hassan Nov 17, 2016 06:58pm

Can anyone name one thing that this visit is going to benefit our country..

aamir ayub Nov 17, 2016 07:02pm

We should respect the sentiment of Turk government since they were elected by their people

Honesty Pays Nov 17, 2016 07:05pm

Erdogan seems to be a frustrated man. Pakistan should not fall for his pranks in its own interest.

Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY Nov 17, 2016 07:08pm

@Think twice. Your sarcasm is unfounded.I am surprised you are not taking the the sentiments of pakistanis and suffering of the kashmiris at the moment into account?

Syed abbas Nov 17, 2016 07:08pm

Next Time Erdogan will write a letter for our PM, like Qatari did.

Iftikhar Khan Nov 17, 2016 07:10pm

He is instrumental in creating ISIS and now lecturing on terrorism!

Iftikhar Khan Nov 17, 2016 07:24pm

As usaual Pakistan is becoming more Turkish, then Turkish themselves. Pakistan still don't know to manage international relations!

Li-N-Ja Nov 17, 2016 07:27pm

Another ploy of PML to distract focus from Panama leak. Its like you cover my back and I will cover yours.

Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY Nov 17, 2016 07:29pm

@Think twice. How can two leaders of the countries sign economic and military treaties if they are not well wishers of each other?

Jay Nov 17, 2016 07:37pm

@Kam You are just twisting the facts. Be honest to yourself and others. Ik never said CPEC was drama. He said it was not the time for CPEC because country is not even sure who the head of state was, truly. Elections were rigged and the case against PML(N) needed to be decided first.

JJ Nov 17, 2016 07:38pm

@Abbas Naqvi "democratic path"? Look at US, Look at us.. Is there any democratic path in any country for real?

There should only be one path " progressive path" and as Turkish president said "progress in an 'Islamic' way !!

abid Nov 17, 2016 07:44pm

This is crap ....Trying to create Chaos. Pakistan situation is difference from Turkey .

GHEUNTAAK Nov 17, 2016 07:56pm

Erdogan is really milking this "coup" to the fullest. And a simple question to my Pakistani friends... how come this pressure from Erdogan to close down a school not seen as an infringement on your sovereignty?

Zealot Nov 17, 2016 07:57pm

@Iftikhar Khan Turkey has nothing to do with ISIS.india is more active with ISIS nowdays.meanwhile turkey itself suffered from Terrorists attacks of ISIS if you had read the same newspaper Dawn.......Turkey was an instruement of US earlier which is why it oppose Al Assad gov.and which is why after Turkey shot down Russian Jet..Russians blamed Turkey to be a supporter of ISIS.But Now in Post Coup which is made by US itself...Russians and turkey came more close to each other...

truth Nov 17, 2016 08:02pm

@TAriq What if Fateullah's party might come into power of Turkey. Then what will be the Pakista's stand. Erdogan or Fateullah, Pakistan is friend of Turkey and its people which includes Fateullah. People comes and goes but country remains so Mr. Erdogan should avoid his internal problems addressing in Pakistan or any where in the world.

Pragmatist Nov 17, 2016 08:27pm

Erdogan is talking nonsense. He is trying to cover up his fanaticism by blaming others. Gulen is a decent man that has opened high quality schools everywhere including United States. These institutions are not religious or political. The education is secular with many local teachers along with Turkish teachers. The discipline is tight and children are completely safe from the influence of drugs, sex and vkiolence. Bravo Gulen.

Haroon Rashid Khan Nov 17, 2016 08:27pm

I like and respect Erdogan, but he will also become a victim of the western imperialism. He did a good job to strengthen democracy in Turkey. Despite of that, I am not in favor of closing down pak-turk schools and their staff, as they do not have any political agenda.

M.Saeed Nov 17, 2016 08:37pm

This statement of Turkish President clearly explains why PTI has boycotted his Joint Session address.

M.Saeed Nov 17, 2016 08:39pm

@Think twice. This is called burning seat getting the mind.

M.Saeed Nov 17, 2016 08:41pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan: Learn from examples. Those making dharnas and trying instigating tempers to oust sitting Government illegally by force, must be dealt with likewise. No sparing the rod to spoil the nation.

M.Saeed Nov 17, 2016 08:43pm

@TAriq: Have some common sense to see what implication your views would have on our stand on Kashmir.

M.Saeed Nov 17, 2016 08:43pm

@Think twice. Instruments and measures of corrections are the same everywhere.

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 08:45pm

Might is right. Very sad:((

asim Nov 17, 2016 08:46pm

@Kam :) what does this article has to do with IK or PTI. PTI had never been in power, not sure why and how are people brain washed. If anything you should be asking the ruling elite...

Kaspar Nov 17, 2016 08:47pm

This government has become used to cultivting friendship with other countries on the latter's terms. But in this case, this a mutually beneficial arrangement between two rulers, not between the people of Turkey, who indeed are Pakistan's friends, and the Pakistani people! To please the visitor, the government of Pakistan have taken a very unethical decision--that of expelling the Turkish teachers of Pak-Turk schools!

M.Saeed Nov 17, 2016 08:47pm

@Kam : Correct: Kam Kam ouur Kam is the message of our Quaid. Those who work to barricade Kam are the enemies of the Quid's vision. About the personal misdeeds of a person, nobody is angel and must leave it to the time of Judgement by The Creator.

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 08:49pm

Think of the fate of these teachers once they leave Pakistan and go back.

Think twice. Nov 17, 2016 08:50pm

One who lets down his teacher is never pardoned.

Sameer Nov 17, 2016 08:52pm

Its embarrassing that His Majesty Nawaz Sharif made no mention of Kashmir or the country armed forces. Erdogan is there for his own interests...Nawaz for his. Atleast Erdogan developed his Country. May God help the Turkish and Pakistani people.

Changez Khan Nov 17, 2016 08:56pm

Erdogan is right.

Rehan Nov 17, 2016 09:04pm

@SHAIKH What difference it will make in life of an ordinary person? no change, until ordinary person want to bring change himself/herself. no one will give free checks to any one

shakil Nov 17, 2016 09:09pm

There are 57 Muslim countries in the world, and not a single one has been spared the scourge of terrorism, with more than two million innocent citizens of their's killed so far and continuing.. Then there are differences of their own among these countries which are exploited by our joint enemies. What is more, as president Erdogan stated, all the institutions of Muslim states are infiltrated by enemy agents and doing their dirty work for them. There is a whole department of terrorist activities against the Muslims in all our enemy countries with a budget of billions of dollars used to fund treasonous activities of their agents in the Muslim countries, as a result of which not a single Muslim country is in a stable condition. Mr. Erdogan has launched a very appropriate appeal to all the Muslim countries to help one another rather than our enemies.

John Nov 17, 2016 09:17pm

FETO exposed him and his sons on a mega 2013 Iran Turkey Oil/gas deal, that's why he hates them.

Zealot Nov 17, 2016 09:18pm

@GHEUNTAAK because we live in their hearts and they live in our sovereignity stands NULL AND VOID for our brothers

AzAd kAshMir Nov 17, 2016 09:22pm

I don't see them as National security threat but we should respect their wishes simply because Turkey is a brother country to Pakistan. Our relations do however go beyond just political parties

AzAd kAshMir Nov 17, 2016 09:26pm

@Think twice. The school teachers are Pakistani

Joe Nov 17, 2016 09:38pm

This man has taken Turkey back to stone age.

mahmut Nov 17, 2016 09:39pm

@SMI we thought the same, but in reality there is big difference. Please a little dig you will find the truth

LAEEQ, NY Nov 17, 2016 09:39pm

Coup attempts were blown out of proportion,. One theory is also that it was done to crush the Fateullah Gulen,s movement in Turkey. Turkey is moving more to wards autocracy the democracy.

ADD Nov 17, 2016 09:43pm

Mr. Erdogan has forgotten to mention that all the enemy agents are Muslims themselves. The biggest problem is the different sect in the Muslim faith first don't have respect for each others differences or well as other faith differences. Once that is resolved a big part of terrorism will fade away.

Chander Nov 17, 2016 09:43pm

@SV Turkey know how to protect its interests

Ghaznavi Nov 17, 2016 10:00pm

Great speech by a great leader

suchbaath Nov 17, 2016 10:01pm

We did our best to make our friend happy by throwing out Turk Muslim teachers out of Pak-Turk schools at cost of our students suffer education, and on reciprocal basis our friend didn't speak to support our stand against India. A time to look back and make our foreign policy NOT to make our friends happy but make Pakistanis successful.

Ghaznavi Nov 17, 2016 10:01pm

@Shaikh "What difference it will make in life of an ordinary person?"

500 Phd Scholarships a year does make a difference

Ali Nov 17, 2016 10:04pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad best comment sir...totally agree

Ghaznavi Nov 17, 2016 10:05pm

@Think twice. "What an irony? Thousands of teachers, Government employees and Judges have been removed from service, arrested and thrown into jail in Turkey. Kurds are being hunted. "

Turkey has only punished the conspirators and their sympathizers. Kurds are part of the Turkish society. Only the terrorists are being targeted. There is no comparison between the foreign sponsored kurdish terror and Kashir's genuine peoples movement for liberation

Etna Nov 17, 2016 10:16pm

Erdogan ordered. Pakistan complied. Teachers who are 'threat to national security' have been sent back, nevermind the disruption to the education of Pakistani children. This is what is wrong with Pakistani polity. Narendra Modi would never bend backwards to appease a foreign leader, let alone a dictator.

Salman Tariq Nov 17, 2016 10:15pm

So Pakistan dismantled the 'FETO' network, and you did not even condemn India for what it is doing in Kashmir. Yet another failed diplomacy on our part..

Mustafa R. Nov 17, 2016 10:43pm

'having a signifcant impact on our brothers and sisters in Kashmir'

We haven't heard that from any other brotherly country before, while we have many brotherly countries, Turkey is our twin brother. thank you Turkey, thank you Erdogan.

Skhan Nov 17, 2016 10:43pm

Me. Erdogan go back to Turkey! We are a sovereign and will not take your orders.

GHEUNTAAK Nov 17, 2016 10:52pm

@Zealot... that's a complete cop out. Do you think Turkey would do the same in a vice versa situation? It's a rhetorical question of course. Besides... Pakistan should have equal if not greater motivation for closing down religious schools that are actually inciting fundamentalism in the country.

Ebusaid Nov 17, 2016 10:57pm

@Khan they are destroyers not builders. None will come to Pakistan to teach. You are going to loose it because your children education is matter!

Zulfeqar - Canada. Nov 17, 2016 11:01pm

@SMI - No. Not at all.

saeeds Nov 17, 2016 11:48pm

You are new religious threat to the world not Feto. Please destroy your own country we already suffer a lot because of Mr Zia who had same mentality like you.

Hopeful Nov 17, 2016 11:51pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan What are the very Honourable Courts doing?

sara_afdal Nov 18, 2016 12:03am

He is such a brave leader. The whole nation should salute this guy for his stand on Kashmir and LOC. No other leader of the world has openly supported Pakistan the way Turkish president has done today.

saeed Nov 18, 2016 12:08am

This guy is a dictator and Pakistan should be ashamed to allow him to speak to the Pakistani parliament. Pakistan should not close down the schools and remove their faculty from Pakistan.

DARA KHAN Nov 18, 2016 12:09am

Awesome - Amazing - great speech - i notice he memorized all....our prime minister / president can't give such speech without reading paper in front....Pak Turk Zindabad.

anony Nov 18, 2016 12:21am

Long live Pak-Turkey friendship.

AW Nov 18, 2016 12:35am

Erdogan does not appreciate Pakistani press and media because dictators have no tolerance for opposing views.

Bin Adam Nov 18, 2016 12:50am

Let the Pakistan Supreme Court decide if the teachers of Turkish schools are guilty liable for deportation. These Turkish school teachers are most popular amongst the students and their parents for their sincerity and dedication to the cause of education. They just joined the employment of Turkish schools like any other unemployed persons to earn bread and butter for themselves and their family. They might even not know about the political affiliation of such schools network with the adversary of present Turkish President, if any. Unless found guilty by the Pakistan higher court they must not be deported to harms way for political victimization just for serving such schools to earn their bread and butter. People and Govt of Pakistan may be great admirer and friend of Turkish President but should not indulge into blind revenge game of dirty politics. Get the verdict of the Higher Court of Pakistan on this very sensitive issue.

yussouf m mir Nov 18, 2016 01:33am

this person is not a democrat but power hungry

Uzair Nov 18, 2016 01:36am

Political gimmicks serve no one. The masses are disenfranchised and no one seems to care in Pakistan.

sajed syed Nov 18, 2016 01:40am

@Syed abbas , so true.

Javed Nov 18, 2016 01:41am

My only request; Google, Fatehullah Gulen.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Nov 18, 2016 01:46am

Turkey is the only Muslim country which is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This organization has inflicted lot of harm on both Islamic and non-Islamic world. Turkey has also not helped Pakistan in resolving the Kashmir issue.

Starr Nov 18, 2016 01:52am

@Think twice. Think twice what? When did you learn the art of reading what's in somebody's heart? President of Turkey is sincere, but the people ho have boycotted the joint session are not! He is right about Feto.

Starr Nov 18, 2016 01:54am

@TAriq He won't, just like PTI will never come to power in Pakistan!

ARSHAD CANADA Nov 18, 2016 02:14am

@Shaikh , I do not understand the question, what changes do u want from a Turkish PM trip? Do you want him to give each ordinary citizens of Pakistan a bag full of money. I think this is a mentally of begging. Why should every guest bring u goody? OK your wise leader did not come so what , by the no one missed him too bad.

ahmed Nov 18, 2016 03:06am

Erdogan wants to become a dictator.

Syed Ahmed Nov 18, 2016 03:12am

Pakistan Turkish cooperation is great and a very welcome thing for the region, the globe is beset with terror organizations and all nations need to unite to cleanse this filth from our midst, there is no place for terrorism in Islam, we see peace with all nations, but not with India until it agrees to give freedom to Kashmir.

Syed Ahmed Nov 18, 2016 03:13am

@Kam what is 35 punctures? i never understood it?

frq Nov 18, 2016 03:19am

I wonder why Erdogan is dragging us in their internal matters

sf Nov 18, 2016 04:46am

Strange, how a nuclear armed country gets influenced by an outsider who is acting as semi dictator in a democratic country. What proof did Pakistan find that indicated, Gulen, sitting in the USA, somehow influences and was responsible for the coup. Poor Pakistani children.

afridi Nov 18, 2016 05:35am

you meant Punjab-Turk schools and Punjab-Turk Education system?500 Phd positions offered to Students from Punjab? keep it up!

Rizwan Hamid. USA Nov 18, 2016 05:36am

What irony and what a farce. In the early 60's RCD ( Regional Cooperation & Development) was formed with Pakistan, Iran Turkey, UK and USA as its members. The idea was envisioned that eventually, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey will be like the European Union with free trade, free movement of people and labor. That idea went out the window, for Turkey considered Iranis and Pakistanis inferior to Turks. Iran didn't want Pakistanis coming into Iran for they too thought we were dark skinned and inferior to them. Today, when Turkey and Pakistan find themselves quite isolated in the world due to their strict religious policies, their abuse of human rights, complete curb on freedom of speech and abuse of minorities, they are flocking together for all the wrong reasons. Turkey wants to cosy up to a nuclear power ( no matter if they are darker skinned) and Pakistan, to counter Indian diplomatic offensive to isolate Pakistan. Shame on both for their human rights record.

Ayub Nov 18, 2016 06:00am

Erdogan should not drag us into his internal affairs. Our relation should be with the people of Turkey- not to some individuals.

nasiroski Nov 18, 2016 06:04am

Why do we get involved in Turkey's current regime's dirty politics. Should not support future Ameer ul momineen Al-Erdogsn e Turkiya

Rehman Nov 18, 2016 06:12am

With Turkey and China backing us on the two sides, India will never be able to dominate us or impose its hegemony on us. Long live Pakistan!

VR Nov 18, 2016 06:33am

@Qasim True! For the same kind of felony done by both, Ergodan is treated as a true friend while Modi is enemy. What an Irony!

nasir siddique Nov 18, 2016 06:52am

I think Turkey has enough of its issues to be concerned about Pakistan. Several hundted have died in bombings recently, they have security personnel dying in restive areas and house a huge number of refugees in a hostile neighbourhood. Don't know if we are following their model or they following us.

Analysis Nov 18, 2016 08:09am

India is more of brother country to Pakistan and vice versa than any country in the world. Come on ... get over things. Do you want to keep going this way?

white noise Nov 18, 2016 08:59am

@DARA KHAN that's how dictators are born and that's how people like yourself let them be. He is not here to play kabaddi with you, he is on a mission to go after Gulan and he will do anything to remain in power.

Shoaib Rehman Nov 18, 2016 09:12am

Excellent Speach.

Harambe of CINicinnati Nov 18, 2016 09:24am

@Khan : As ever--the opportunist! Never mind matters of logic, integrity, or humane leadership!

Harambe of CINicinnati Nov 18, 2016 09:32am

@Sana ; It is now the duty of the Government of Pakistan to fill the vacuum and take the Gulen schools into its public schools system.

Harambe of CINicinnati Nov 18, 2016 09:36am

@Zealot ; Actually, now Turkey is in Russia's orbit, not USA's!

khurram Nov 18, 2016 09:53am

I ask.our PM how will all this improve the life of a common pakistani. Any achievement on contracts for development of infrastructure Utilities Training Power...??

Ebrahim Nov 18, 2016 09:59am

Keep the school open send Turkish management back.

Riz1 Nov 18, 2016 10:00am

So unfortunate, this culture of insecurity, vilification and obvious grabbing of any opportunity to label political opponents as terrorists - Ergodan has now crossed all limits even for Turkish people. He is popular in cities more because of the economic successes and in the rural areas more due to his conservative stands. The moment his economic gains become weaker as per all forecasts, he will lose his base and as an incumbent he is taking all measures to violently muzzle any and all opposition, something we see our establishment do time and again. Only heartening part for the Turks is that their democracy has taken firm root and now the final stand of the boots has gone into abject failure. Whatever Ergodan does, if the voters reject him democratically, he will have to step down and not be overthrown by might or power. We have taken baby steps, but we need to take big strides and fast.

Zealot Nov 18, 2016 10:02am

@Harambe of CINicinnati Russia is no longer a super power.Russians themselves are Trying to survive in world economically.Putin admitted that US is a super your logic has no sense

Zee Man - Canada Nov 18, 2016 10:08am

Very impressive and welcomed speech by President Erdogan. We love country of Turkey, and will always stand with our brothers in Turkey. Gulen is an enemy of Turkey, why is he hiding in foreign country if he cares about Turkey? Also, if Turkish government officials are reading these comments, please brothers keep in mind that many Indians also post here(they use generic but similar names like Truth, Think Twice, etc.) and they usually post negative comments about Pakistan and all other friends of Pakistan such as China and Turkey. Do not mind their comments please. They also tend to use Muslim sounding names and they thumb up on the fellow Indians comments. Also many liberal Pakistanis posts here too, but they are very tiny elite ultra liberals who do not care much about Pakistan anyway. Thank you.

M.Saeed Nov 18, 2016 05:10pm

@Think twice. : He should also be very, very concerned about the regional hegemony of Indians.

yaqut khan Nov 18, 2016 08:45pm

@Think twice. so you being an indian will always ignore sufffering of kashmiri people.atleast erdogan has shown some sympathy for kashmiri people suffering.

L.Ahmad Nov 18, 2016 09:44pm

Why is he so afraid of an old man who lives in the US? He is on a mission to demonise Gulen.

ZAK Nov 18, 2016 10:40pm

im sure turky has every right to comment on the kashmiri people...considering he is jailing teachers...intellectuals and the kurdish people persecution.

Asad Raza Nov 19, 2016 01:45am

@Kam Brother he has said it is time waisting technique. What is the meaning of this sentense. May be he means it is a wastage of time to read his comment

ZOE Nov 19, 2016 02:36am

@Khan I'm not sure that would be an easy task. Turkey started this school year short handed because so many of their good teachers were either imprisoned or stripped of their licenses. Who do you think they can send? They didn't have Turkish government teachers in Pakistan to begin with, they were private citizens who decided to move to Pakistan to teach. Those type of people, the people who are willing to leave their country, are no longer available. This is more complicated than that.

ZOE Nov 19, 2016 02:43am

@Shahbaz Ali But the Turkish government needs to have a scapegoat right now, it's very convenient. I'm very sorry for the people of Turkey and I'm sorry that the Turkish government is messing with education in Pakistan. Are there any Pakistani authorities that actually believe the nonsense that Erdogan is peddling about the schools and its teachers? Erdogan is essentially telling Pakistan that it's naive, has no intelligence to figure out who is honest, who is an asset to the country and who is a danger? If no illegal activity has been carried out in Pakistan, Erdogan is bullying Pakistan into going against reasonable burdens of proof, rule of law, etc. What else will Erdogan get Pakistan to do? Again, I'm really sorry that he's doing this to Pakistan. I pray that the hard work, commitment and value that Pakistanis place in these schools is preserved and that they don't crumble. Be careful, the institutions that Erdogan took over to 'improve' in Turkey all tanked.

Joe Nov 19, 2016 05:19am

This man has ruined Turkey

Mustafa R. Nov 19, 2016 05:20am

A modern, democratic and prosperous Muslim country does not fit fell with the Western/Israeli/Indian narrative of Islam being incompatible with modernity, democracy and prosperity. The vibrant Turkish economy has left West's favorite 'rising economy' in the dust. Turkey's nominal per capita GDP is nearly seven seven times Pakistan, five times India and eight times Bangladesh, that is the real reason of all this anti-Turkish propaganda.

Muhibullah Nov 19, 2016 08:29pm

In no way should our government allow some Turkish anti-Democratic cult to indoctrinate Pakistani children. Out with the Gulenists.

Mehmet Nov 20, 2016 02:47am

@Think twice. Brother its a real threat.They started with good will of sincere Turkish people.But thru years with students finished schools they penetrate state mechanism& everywhere.Blamed,jailed innocent ppl, force to bankruptcy via their members in tax auth,those ppl who dont donate them.Set up sys and collected blns of dollars fm Turk.ppl.they used Turkish sympathy to enter central Asia,Pakistan.They entered service of america thru schools provided all kinds of intellgnce, open and secret info etc.Finally they commited crime of military coup on behalf of america.If they are allowed will do same penetration to state mechanism in Pakistan.use all these staff to leak intellgnce for america.They service many secret info to america.via their ppl in patent dept.take projects fm inventors,handed to america.Recorde most secret meetings, leaked these infos to shake gov.Their crimes un ending.Meantime behind schools efforts of nice sincere Turkish teachers,who are correct w/o fault mostly.