Erdogan emerges stronger out of coup attempt

Attempts by some sections of the Turkish military to stage a coup in the country sent instant shock-waves throughout the length and breadth of the democracy-loving world sparking fears about future of a country that was progressing rapidly on the path of socio-economic development but luckily the people’s power prevailed and the conspiracy was foiled by Turkish nation. The way people of Turkey responded to the call of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to put up resistance to rebel troops has many lessons and hopefully these would be learnt by all concerned.
People of Pakistan have, indeed, heaved a sigh of relief over success of the Turkish people and their police in overpowering those trying to stage a coup. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Government spokesman issued condemnatory statement against the attempt and expressed complete solidarity with the Turkish government while Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi lost no time in contacting Turkish Foreign Minister and conveying expression of unity on behalf of people of Pakistan. It is good that other members of the civilized world too condemned rebellion and conspiracy against a democratically elected Government and called for respect to Constitution and the law. Initially, there was confusion as to who was behind the plot but President Erdogan categorically stated that the well-entrenched US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been instigating Turkish Army and the Judiciary against the Government, was issuing instructions to the troops participating in the coup. The possibility of US backing for the attempted coup cannot be ruled out and this was also evident from the highly biased reporting of the unfolded drama and anti-Erdogan comments by the Western media, which showed its sheer frustration over failure of the coup. Anyhow, to the dismay of his opponents, President Erdogan has emerged much stronger out of the coup attempt and would continue to steer the country on the path of progress and development. The development has also proved that he enjoys overwhelming confidence of the people of Turkey and this amounts to getting a fresh mandate from them. We would, however, urge Mr. Erdogan to take all segments of the society on board in his future plans and programmes for the sake of unity and solidarity of the country.

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