ISLAMABAD: Turkey’s Embassy in Pakistan on Wednesday marked the fourth anniversary of the July 15, 2016 defeated coup in Turkey.
An event at the embassy in Islamabad was attended by the Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Muhammed Hamza Shafqaat, Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Yurdakul, various countries’ diplomats, Turkish people living in Pakistan, and local officials.
The speakers and participants observed a minute of silence in tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their motherland on July 15, 2016.
Addressing the event, Ambassador Yurdakul paid tribute to the July 15 martyrs and said Turkish people sacrificed to protect their democratic system.
“The coup-plotters used Turkish Armed Forces tanks and jets against its own people, including shelling innocent civilians, and bombed vital government functions – including parliament and the intelligence and national police buildings,” he said.
Turkey has also thanked Pakistan’s government and its institutions for their assistance against FETO and handing over FETO-linked schools – a cash cow for the group abroad – to Turkey’s Maarif Foundation
“I am very proud that the people, government, parliament, and every organization stood with us, and Pakistan was one of the first nations to stand with Turkey and its elected government,” Yurdakul said.
“When they saw the real face of FETO, our Pakistani brothers all stood against them and supported their Turkish brothers and government,” he added.
The event also screened a short film analyzing the secret structure of FETO and its leader Fetullah Gulen’s role in the defeated coup.