Help Turkey in fighting terror
BROTHERLY country Turkey faced yet another terror attack and this time the perpetrators of the crime targeted Ataturk Airport of Istanbul, which is one of the busiest airports of the world. Apart from people of Turkey, the world at large also condoled loss of 50 precious lives, which also included nationals from other countries. People of Pakistan were shocked and grieved over the tragedy and their sentiments were reflected by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose condolence message was full of solidarity with Turkish people and the government at this hour of grief.
Turkish Government has squarely blamed the IS for the dastardly attack, the motives of which were not yet known. However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that his country has enough power, wisdom and potential to fight terrorism and warned of consequences if all nations fail to join a global effort to defeat it. He has also drawn attention of the world community towards the emerging scenario by adding that all the bad terrorist scenarios and acts will come true, one by one in all countries of the globe if they did not get united to fight the menace of terror. This warning needs to be taken seriously as terrorist is a mindset and has no borders or linkages to a particular faith as is being portrayed by the West. We have every reason to believe President Erdogan when he says his country has the ability and capacity to face the challenge but the threat can effectively and expeditiously be addressed only if there is closer cooperation at regional and global level and no distinction is made among terrorists. Turkey has been an abode of peace and this is reflected by the fact that it has become the 6th most popular tourist destination in the world, attracting more than 30 million tourists annually. According to Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the country received 39.4 million tourists in 2015 and the total turnover of the industry was 31.4 billion dollars. Turkey is also making rapid strides in different spheres of life and an all-round progress is quite visible in every sector. There are reasons to apprehend that attempts are being made to scuttle its march on the path of progress and prosperity. As Pakistan has gained adequate experience and expertise in handling the phenomenon of terrorism, we would urge the authorities concerned to extend all possible cooperation to the brotherly country in overcoming the threat to its security and prosperity.