(Picture of Fathullah Gulen)
Comment by: Jalil Afridi
Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Sadik Babur Girgin while addressing journalists in Islamabad two days ago said that Turkey expects Pakistan to close down twenty eight education institutions run by Fethullah Gulen, the US-based religious leader accused of masterminding the failed coup attempt in Turkey last week.
He said that “we have called on all friendly countries to prevent activities of this (Gulen’s) group.”
On September 16, 2013 an article of mine published in The Frontier Post titled “Thy Knowledge & thy intelligence = thy group.” In the said article it was written that “A source on Mother Earth has disclosed to The Frontier Post that on August 5, 2013 when the Chief of Turkish Army, Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life, the court that sentenced him was provided evidence with help of those students who were the graduates of Gulen School/college or Gulen University and after graduation these students are working in different government departments of Turkey. These students are properly looked after graduation as far as their jobs are concerned and it is made sure that they are placed in departments and areas where needed and required. Now coming to Pakistan; so the establishment of Turkish schools have already begun many years ago, starting from Karachi to Peshawar. It was reported in The Frontier Post yesterday that Tuscon Group is taking care of the arrangements of lunch of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, where he will be speaking to the business community of Tuscon Group. It was also reported that Tuscon is charging 100 Euro per businessman to attend the lunch. It will be better to say that PM Nawaz Sharif will be addressing the members of Tuscon Group instead of business community of Turkey. An the topping of the cake is that the Tuscon Group, Turkish schools of Pakistan and the Gulen schools are all the same thing; one community under one umbrella and under the leadership of Fetehullah Gulen. What role the students and faculty of these schools will play In coming years in Pakistan is left for time to tell.”
Thank you Mr Sadik for trying to wake us up. Let ys hope that we do wake up. Though it took Turkey itself three years to properly clamp down on supporters of Gulen, one wonders how long will it take Pakistan to realize the conspiracy behind Turkish schools which are being run by supporters of Gulen in Pakistan. Gulen’s loyalists roam around freely in every nook and corner of Pakistan collecting all sorts of data required. It is not yet clear what is the purpose behind collecting this data but it is certain that this data will not be used for any benefit of Pakistan.
PTI chief Imran khan before condemning the closure of Turkish schools should have had a deep study and research on these Turkish schools. Where as the silence of ruling government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about the Turkish schools in Pakistan is the depiction of sorrow state of affairs in Pakistan.
Maybe the civil and military intelligence agencies of Pakistan will wake up to the call of Turkish ambassador and will conduct inquiries to find out the true motives behind the Turkish schools in Pakistan. While conducting these inquiries it would be very beneficial if traveling record, associations and communications of those at the helm of affairs in Turkish schools ( both Turkish and Pakistani) are throughly probed. Chances are very likely that without much efforts dubious activities will be traced.