Help Turkey in fight­ing ter­ror

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

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.

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