Fac­ing chal­lenges

Arab News - - OPINION -

Tur­key is pass­ing through a cru­cial stage. Dur­ing the last decade, Tur­key wit­nessed a phe­nom­e­nal growth in al­most ev­ery sphere of life. The credit to this de­vel­op­ment goes to Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan and his Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AKP). Since the be­gin­ning of the so-called Arab Spring in the Mid­dle East, Tur­key has been in the head­lines for var­i­ous rea­sons. The ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, PKK, is also on the move to desta­bi­lize Tur­key to achieve its goals.

Un­for­tu­nately, el­e­ments within Tur­key are not do­ing enough to deal with all th­ese is­sues. In­stead of strength­en­ing Er­do­gan and his gov­ern­ment, his po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­saries are cre­at­ing prob­lems, which is not good for the coun­try and its peo­ple.

Er­do­gan also needs to tread very care­fully. The Gulen move- ment is also re­port­edly con­spir­ing against the gov­ern­ment. I urge mem­bers of the Gulen move­ment not to act in self-in­ter­est. Er­do­gan should also stand for jus­tice and should not pro­vide his crit­ics with an op­por­tu­nity to blame him for cor­rup­tion or for pro­tect­ing cor­rupt peo­ple.

All po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Tur­key must keep the in­ter­est of their coun­try on top of their pri­or­ity list. They should re­solve their dif­fer­ences am­i­ca­bly. This tug-of-war will only harm Tur­key and af­fect the masses. This is the time to rise to the oc­ca­sion both for Er­do­gan, Gulen and other po­lit­i­cal lead­ers. They must not let anti-demo­cratic forces raise their ugly heads again in Tur­key.

Tan­vir Hussain

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