The Turkish Consulate on Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of the July 15, 2016 failed coup.
Addressing the ceremony in this connection, Turkish Consul General TolgaUcak said on the night of 15 July, 2016 the Turkish nation prevented elements of the Fetullah Organisation (FETO) that infiltrated in many state organs, including the armed forces.
He said this was the worst attack that the Republic of Turkey had ever to face, adding that night two hundred and fifty citizens were martyred and thousands were wounded.
MrTolga said, “We will always remember and cherish the memory of the Turkish civilians and army men who embraced martyrdom on that night.
He said that he salutethe Supreme Court of Pakistan which took notice of the schools of the organization which attempted failed coup in Turkey and it also closed the schools run by the FETO and these were now handed over to Turkiye MAARIF Foundation.”
The coup-plotters used Turkish Armed Forces tanks and jets against its own people, including shelling innocent civilians, and bombed vital government functions, including parliament and the intelligence and national police buildings,” he said.
“I am very proud that the people, government, parliament, and every organization stood with us, and Pakistan was one of the first nations to stand with Turkey and its elected government,” MrTolga said.
He said one can oppose a government but you cannot go against the state, democracy is the only solution for a country and added that democratic norms should be adopted to rule the country, not militancy.
At the occasion a documentary was shown to the audience depicting the whole ordeal of the historical night.