Terrorism in Turkey, COAS may call on Erdogan
OUR brotherly country — Turkey — seems to be gradually getting entangled into a vicious cycle of bloody terrorism thrust upon it by some local elements with full connivance of some foreign powers and the objective, apparently, is to stall rapid march of the country towards economic progress and prosperity. A PKK bombing in Mardin Province on Wednesday killed two female police officers and two civilians besides injuries to at least 34. Earlier, on Tuesday, 11 people were killed in Istanbul, taking the toll to at least 226 in Istanbul and Ankara alone this year.
This increase in incidents of terrorism is a source of great worry for Turkish Government and people and, we would say, equally to people of Pakistan. The situation in Turkey can be compared to the one in Pakistan several years back when terrorism started raising its ugly head in the country and it is apprehended our brothers and sisters in Turkey may face increased difficulties in the days to come because of intriguing nature of the circumstances surrounding terrorist incidents. There is an impression that Turkey has been left alone in its fight against PKK terrorism, since Western governments appear unwilling to stand behind Turkey in this regard. Instead, in Europe, the PKK is freely disseminating propaganda through TV broadcasts, collecting money to finance terrorism, recruiting youth to send for terrorist training in Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq and comfortably setting up tents in city centres such as Brussels for further propaganda. Apart from loss of precious lives, Turkish economy is suffering and there is sharp decrease in the number of tourists. In this backdrop, we would suggest that in view of exemplary and unique relations between the two countries, it would be appropriate if Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, after consultations with the Government, proceeds to Turkey to offer a helping hand to the country in tackling the menace. General Raheel’s contribution in the fight against terror is recognized the world over and he has earned unmatched experience in addressing the phenomenon. Such a visit and a doable road-map to restore peace would go a long way in strengthening hands of President Tayyip Erdogan in his efforts to safeguard territorial integrity and sovereignty of his country besides adding to the vast reservoir of goodwill between the two countries.