Ter­ror­ism in Turkey, COAS may call on Er­do­gan

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

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.

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