Imran Khan opposes demand to close Fethullah Gulen’s schools1,108 views
LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday opposed Turkish ambassador’s demand to close down educational institutions in Pakistan run under administration of Turkish religious leader Fethullah Gulen.
Imran Khan questioned that why Pakistan school children should have to pay for Turkish coup attempt and how could Turkey possibly be affected by Pakistan school kids?
He expressed his support for the Turkish democracy and clarified that Pakistan already had low literacy rate and closing down a large network of schools could be disastrous for the country.
The PTI chairman posted on his Twitter account: “While we stand firmly behind Turkish democracy, closing Pak-Turk schools in Pakistan, which has a high illiteracy rate, could be disastrous.”
It is pertinent here to mention that Turkish ambassador to Pakistan had in a recent statement asked Pakistan to close all schools run by Gulen, the US-based leader who is accused of masterminding the recent putsch attempt in Turkey.
On the other hand, Gulen has rejected the claims of his involvement in the coup attempt. He had said despite having scores of political differences with Turkey President Recep Erdogan he could not think of supporting military coup.
This should be noted that Gulen is running a big network of quality schools in Pakistan which is providing education to the students having less resources.
Turkey seeks Pakistan help against attempted coup ‘mastermind’
Ankara wants Pakistan to shut down institutions run by Fethullah Gulen, the US-based religious cleric accused of masterminding the attempted coup in Turkey last week.
“We have called on all friendly countries to prevent activities of this (Gulen’s) group,” Turkish Ambassador Sadik Babur Girgin said at a media briefing.
Noting that Gulen had “big presence in Pakistan”, Girgin said Turkey was in close contact with Pakistani authorities. “We have had good cooperation with Pakistan in every field.”
About the international reaction to the failed overthrow attempt, he said it had now been denounced by all countries, but initially the reaction of some of the champions of democracy was “disappointing”.
“Some big countries supported only stability [in Turkey], not democracy… initially, they did not react,” the ambassador said.
He showed slides displaying the ‘biased’ coverage of some leading Western media outlets. He said even after the coup attempt had failed, some outlets continued to give the impression that it was under way.
“It is frustrating to see distorted comments by some Western media outlets and some politicians. We hope that this is not the position of their governments,” he said.