Exploring sentiments of Turkish people about Pakistan

October 11, 2017


By Dr. Irfan Ashraf

Few journalists from Pakistan planned to visit Turkey to explore the country and sentiments of its people about Pakistan. Senior journalists P.J. Mir, Ameer Abbas,Nadia Naqi and Reema Shoukat and myself are the part of visiting delegation. In Pakistan we have heard a lot about the love and affection of Turkish people for Pakistanis. Purpose of the visit was to understand about people of Turkey and to feel the depth of bilateral relations between two brotherly countries. One of the other core purpose of the visit was to understand and observe the reaction of Turkish people about the failed military coup of July 16, 2016, which was halted by Turkish people, who came out in support of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


We wanted to know what were the reasons and aspects which motivated people to stand against military coup in such a way that they even didn’t hesitate to sacrifice their lives for democracy and for Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After reaching Turkey, we requested officials in Pakistani embassy to organize our meetings with top government officials.  Pakistani ambassador was kind enough in facilitating and organizing our meeting with Deputy Prime Ministers of Turkey Mr. Bekir Bozdag and Mr. Hakan Cavusoglu, head of Pakistan Turkey friendship Mr. Balta in Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Vice President of Tikka, and President of top news agency in Ankara called Anadolu and also a brief meeting with DG press. One more meeting we requested them to organize with Ali Shaheen who is Deputy Minister for European Union (EU) affairs in Turkey.


So wherever we went in Turkey, we received a lot of love and appreciation, people of Turkey especially government officials met us with open hearts and shared their views regarding Pakistan. Meeting with every one left a marvelous impression in our hearts. Details of all meetings not possible to explain in one article but the bottom line is that everyone expressed their lovely thoughts to strengthen Pak Turk relations in every field like media joint productions,  jointly fighting terrorism, welfare work by Tikka in Pakistan and extension of their projects in Pakistan. We also suggested in meetings with concerning officials to start a few welfare projects in Balochistan and Sindh provinces, the idea was warmly welcomed by the officials and they assured us to start projects as soon as they will get proposal from Pakistani government for the concerned projects.

We also visited Ankara Fort; we were really impressed after watching the respect for Turkish people to Mustufa Kamal Atta Turk, the founder of modern Turkish republic. Impressive museum inside the fort clearly explains the worth of a great leader. We observed that perception of Turkish people and government is more or less similar to us when they talk about West.

Turkish government officials including two Deputy Prime Ministers Mr. Bekir Bozdag and Mr. Hakan Cavusoglu, DG press department and Deputy DG Anadolu Ajency and head of Pakistan Turkey Parliamentary friendship group everybody in his briefing blamed West to destabilize Turkey, 90 percent of Turkish believed that Unites States is behind the FETO (Fethullah Gülen terrorist organization),  who was involved in Military coup in Turkey on 16th, 2016 ,which was failed by Turkish people by rendering sacrifices of 240 precious lives. Let me share a little about military coup as eye witnesses told us, night of 15th July jets fly from Akinji air base, bombarded Parliament of Turkey, main target was to kill Recep Tayyip Erdogan as also raids were conducted at his residence, but fortunately Erdogan had left the place after sensing threats. Turkish national TV TRT was forcefully announced the military take over, but as Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared on screen of CNN Turk and appealed nation to come out against the undemocratic step. After few mints of his call people came out in streets and stood against tanks which were very heroic reactions. And very soon they pulled back the rebels as whole Turkey came out in the support of Erdogan, all this was due to Erdogan’s love and commitment for his nation.

All the officials told that Fethullah Gülen is behind the terror attacks in Turkey, Turkish government also arrested a USA embassy’s low ranked operator who was allegedly in connection with Gülen’s network. After his arrest US embassy denied giving visa to Turkish people in reaction, Turkey also stressed upon the need of expulsion of Gülen network from Pakistan as well. According to them Gülen can’t do anything politically because his followers are not more than 5 percent of total population of Turkey, so he used military for this option. Along with FETO Turkey also condemns the ISIS emergence and terms it as threat to global peace.

In meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Mr Bekir Bozdag, he appreciated my suggestion to make a joint media team to start awareness campaign for youth within Muslim Ummah as DAESH using Muslim youth in terror activity.

*The writer is anchorperson of Roze TV.
*The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Daily The Patriot’s editorial policy.

12 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

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    hasan October 12, 2017 at 6:18 pm -

    A group of journalists are now visiting Turkey and met with higher officials and very after talking to them, one of them is writing such an article and blames a social movement to be behind the failed-coup,2016 which doesn’t have any value out of Turkey. What makes them to believe the fake allegations of Turkey and they are easy to write such columns in a way Turkey wishes. I found it questionable. Please don’t use your pen to please someone else which will degrade your position and will bring objection on your independence and being objective in your prosfession.

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    Usman October 12, 2017 at 6:23 pm -

    Did you also ask about the 17000 women and their children in jails. And did you figure out their connection with coup? How about the 300 journalist like you in the jails? Were they carrying heavy weapons during the coup? Let’s clear them too sir.

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    iqbal October 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm -

    After writing such an article, it’s understood that, you were paid and escorted for the trip to write just such silly allegations and spread the ideology of Erdogan in Pakistan. This is most likely the reason you were taken to Turkey. How much are you happy in Turkey by the facilities you were granted by Turkish government, I don’t know but you all will lose your credibilty by doing this. Paid journalists are the worst of tne profession by means of professionalism.

    The way you prefer the go is dead end if you continue to write from the perspective of pro-Erdogan media outlest you are visiting in Turkey and you must base all the information you have on facts and international standarts. Being a mouthpiece of Erdogan in Pakistan will not bring you proud but disgrace.

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    Ali Eser October 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm -

    When you visited Turkey did you hear; After fake coup attempt 140000 Govt.employees have been dismissed including members of the police,judges and academics, while more than 50000 people in jail, among them many journalist, intellectuals, human right activist and business people. And 15000 mother and 780 baby in jail. NUmber of soldier who join coup not more than 10 thousands and why they don’t detained the soldiers who planned and top of coup attempt.How possible the teachers all over the world will be responsible from coup even they don’t visit Turkey last 3 years?

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    Muhammad Qadir October 12, 2017 at 8:44 pm -

    Dear Irfan Ashraf.
    Only asking a question to you. As you mantion above your article, whoever or Gulenist Did you check last 10 years background of those people, Is there any proof of crime and any terrorist activities in Turkey and in the world?
    You have just visited Turkey and listened to them than conseder their claims after all you share your thinking to public in Pakistan IS THIS JUSTICE?

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    Engin October 12, 2017 at 9:51 pm -

    Do you believe what you all said above?

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    Agg October 12, 2017 at 9:52 pm -

    Mr Irfan, you reported what you are said by officials of Turkey. But you must have asked to them wher are evidences that behind failed coup attempt Mr.Gulen? I condemn them those who are blaming other without evidence. And did they show you prisons that how many civilians are imprisoned who are including old ages, housewives with 700 babies, students, journalists, academicians, doctors, gov. Servants etc…. did they say you how many prisoners suffered under purged, torture, suicides, killed. how universities shut down? How many hospitals, schools, academies, tv channels, news agencies, companies shut down? Did you ask these questions. Although coup attempt failed. but emergency state is going on since one year. did you ask roll or effect of opposition parties? Did you ask free media? There are so many questions which you must find answer then it might be clear.
    Therefore Mr Gulen is asking that international commite must search /investigate failed coup attempt objectively.

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    Abdullah October 13, 2017 at 12:49 am -

    A good journalist should investigate but not accepts the obsessed feelings of politicians as a truth.

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    Abdullah October 13, 2017 at 12:55 am -

    A good journalist talks/writes with evidence but does not label a group of people as terrorist

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    Abdullah October 13, 2017 at 1:06 am -

    Respected Dr Irfan Ashraf
    Do you consider
    668 babies are behind bars.
    More than 17000 woman are arrested even some of them just one day after delivery.

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    Abdullah October 13, 2017 at 1:19 am -

    Respected Dr Irfan Ashraf
    You are writing about Turkish Schools in Pakistan..Already it is totally a Pakistani education company along with 28 branches 1500+ staff and 11000+ students. No Turkish available in management, teaching or non_teaching staff.
    Targeting these schools has no benefit for Pakistan. Students disturbed many times in last years. Please take care of future of these students while writing something about them.
    Please as a journalist investigate all the dimensions in this issue.

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    Joost October 13, 2017 at 1:24 am -

    I myself am a turcologist and familiar with the innerworkings of Turkish government. If you are really intimate with what is really going on in Turkey, you should be aware that Erdoğan is not a leader to be hailed with symphaty. In fact Erdogan is the murderer of Turkey’s spirit, who squandered away all the precious accumulation of the Rebuclic. He can not be held on a par with Atatürk, the founder of the Republic. As to the 15th of July coup attempt, there are plethora of black holes in Erdogan’s and his henchmen’s nerrative regarding thereto. So, please be advised to suspect his nerrative. Most probably Gulen is nothing more than a convenient scapegoat, whom Mr. Erdogan is adept at finding whenever he finds himself in predicament.