Tur­key says thanks for mov­ing against dis­si­dents

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Cos­tumed peo­ple with masks march across the me­dieval Charles Bridge as part of com­mem­o­ra­tions for the 27th an­niver­sary of the so-called Vel­vet Rev­o­lu­tion in Prague, Czech Repub­lic, yes­ter­day. IS­LAM­ABAD (AP): TUR­KEY’S PRES­I­DENT praised Pak­istan on Thurs­day for sid­ing with him against al­leged fol­low­ers of a dis­si­dent cleric he blames for a failed coup ear­lier this year, a day af­ter Pak­istan or­dered 400 Turk­ish na­tion­als to leave the coun­try.

“We will elim­i­nate this ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion be­fore it harms Pak­istan,” Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said in a speech at Pak­istan’s par­lia­ment be­fore law­mak­ers, the prime min­is­ter and the mil­i­tary lead­er­ship.

Tur­key has waged a widescale crack­down against fol­low­ers of Fethul­lah Gulen, a self­ex­iled US-based cleric whose or­gan­i­sa­tion runs a global net­work of char­i­ties, busi­ness groups, schools and hos­pi­tals, in­clud­ing a net­work of char­ter schools in the US. Tur­key has ar­rested tens of thou­sands of peo­ple since July’s failed coup and dis­missed more than 100,000 civil ser­vants sus­pected of ties to Gulen.

Er­do­gan’s visit to Pak­istan comes as Is­lam­abad or­dered 400 Turk­ish na­tion­als, mostly school­teach­ers and their fam­i­lies, to leave the coun­try within 72 hours. They have pe­ti­tioned a court against the move, and the stu­dents have held protests.

Those who face ex­pul­sion in­clude staff at the PakTurk In­ter­na­tional Schools and Col­leges and their fam­i­lies. Ankara ac­cuses the chain of links to Gulen.


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