November 30, 2016

Debunking Erdoğan’s Gülen terror hoax

Abdullah Bozkurt

There was no love lost between Turkey’s political Islamists led by autocratic president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the civic movement Hizmet, which is inspired by Muslim intellectual Fethullah Gülen, when the two had a falling out over a vast array of differences including but not limited to the president’s involvement in massive corruption and arming radical rebels in Syria.

Deporting Turkish staff

Qazi Anum Naeem

The act of sending to Turkey over 400 Turkish citizens working and studying in the Pak-Turk International School system is highly condemnable. They have been living in Pakistan since 1995 and this is their home now. Their kids were born and brought up in Pakistan. It is heart-wrenching to see that they are suddenly being treated like terrorists. They were given the ultimatum of leaving the country or they, along with their families, would be arrested. They are highly professional and trained teachers. They are people like us who have families, jobs, and homes right here. They served Pakistan for 21 years and now, and all of a sudden their intentions are being doubted.

Lahore and Sindh High Courts also stay deportation of Turk teachers, families

A week after the Peshawar High Court (PHC) passed a stay order preventing the government from deporting PakTurk school officials, the Lahore High Court (LHC) and Sindh High Court (SHC) also followed suit and issued notices to the Interior Ministry.

November 29, 2016

Lahore High Court stays deportation of Pak-Turk schools' teachers

Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday barred the authorities from deporting teachers of Pak-Turk schools.

Sindh High Court restrains federal govt from expelling staff of Pak-Turk schools

A division bench at Sindh High Court Hyderabad circuit on Tuesday restrained federal government from taking punitive action against nine staff members of Pak-Turk schools in Hyderabad and Jamshoro districts.

November 28, 2016

Pak-Turk School bids adieu to Turkish teachers

Most Turkish teachers and members of staff working in Pak-Turk Schools in Islamabad have left Pakistan and the remaining are preparing to leave the country soon.

November 27, 2016

Emotional farewell for Turkish teachers

The students, who have been groomed and educated by the Turkish teachers at the PakTurk schools, seem down in the dumps since word about their mentors’ departure got round. The teachers are scheduled to leave Pakistan in the coming week following the government’s deadline.

November 26, 2016

No plans to hand over Turkish schools, Senate told

State Minister for Interior and Federal Education, Balighur Rehman Friday told the senate that Pak-Turk schools were not being handed over to anyone.

November 25, 2016

Expulsion of Turk Teachers from Pakistan

Adnan Aamir

July 15th was a significant day in history of Turkey. On this day this year, a group of Turkish soldiers mounted a coup to seize control of the government and tried to oust the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. However the President managed to address the public on TV and called them to streets which failed the coup.

November 24, 2016

Does Pakistani law allow you to deport Turkish teachers, Nawaz Sharif?

Yasser Latif Hamdani*

The recent controversy that has emerged regarding the PakTurk school system is troubling to say the least. PakTurk schools started popping up all over Pakistan during last decade. Turkey has always carried a strong brand value in Pakistan and it is therefore not surprising that the school system ostensibly embodying the best of Pakistan and Turkey was an instantaneous hit with parents.

November 23, 2016

Peshawar High Court Restrains Federal Government From Deporting Turkish Teachers Of Pak-Turk School Till Dec 1

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday restrained the federal government from forcibly deporting Turkish teachers and staff of the Pak-Turk International Schools and sought comment till December 1.

Erdogan: Democracy Respecter?

Derek Davison*

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, had some harsh words on Wednesday for Americans who are criticizing their new president-elect, Donald Trump:

November 22, 2016

The last nail in the coffin of Turkish democracy

Okan Turna

On July 15, 2016 Turkey witnessed an unprecedented coup attempt by a faction within its armed forces. While the attempt was still ongoing, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government were quick enough to blame Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic scholar who lives in self-imposed exile in the US, and his followers for the bloody coup attempt. Turkey’s secularist and nationalist opposition soon followed suit with a view to getting rid of sympathizers of the movement in the state bureaucracy and to filling these positions with members of their own circles.

Hizmet Movement not terrorists - CAYAT

The Concerned African Youth against Tyranny (CAYAT) has denied report that the Fethullah Gulen Movement and Hizmet Movement are terrorist groups.

November 21, 2016

Turkey’s coup commission drafts report despite opposition reservations

A parliamentary coup commission established to investigate a July 15 coup attempt in Turkey has begun to draft its report despite the objection of opposition deputies since key figures were not invited to testify.

Farewell of Pak-Turk Teachers: Symbolic Burial of a Heart

A farewell ceremony was held at the Spiny road campus of Pak-Turk schools for the Turkish staff, on Saturday.

November 20, 2016

Only educational efforts of groups such as Hizmet can eradicate extremism

Dr. Ismail Mesut Sezgin

In order to please President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan before his visit to Pakistan, the Pakistani government ordered more than 100 Turkish teachers from the Pak-Turk schools to leave the country within three days. By the time you read this article, these teachers and their families (about 450 men, women and children) will be in a very difficult position: They cannot return to Turkey because they will be persecuted there as well.

Turks seek asylum in South Africa

Turkish businessmen fleeing arrest in their country for links to an alleged terrorist organization are trying to set up a new life and open companies in South Africa.

Of friends and us

Yaqoob Khan Bangash

The other day a student of mine came to me in a distraught state. He was a student at the Pak-Turk School in Lahore and was perplexed at the abrupt deportation of all Turkish teachers at the request of the Turkish President Erdogan. “The Pak-Turk School changed my outlook in life. The teachers were more than simply teachers, they were mentors and helped students in all aspects of life,” this student exclaimed. “Why are they kicking out my teachers who have done so much for my country?” he wondered.

November 19, 2016

Parents protest deportation of Pak-Turk School’s teachers, staff

Parents of students studying in the Pak-Turk International Schools on Friday slammed the government’s decision of deporting Turkish teachers and staff from the country, terming it ‘open injustice’.

Is Erdogan’s smile worth more than the tears of Pak-Turk students?

Sarmad Iqbal

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit at the invitation of President Mamnoon Hussain. Though President Erdogan had been to Pakistan multiple times, but the latest one was his first bilateral visit to Pakistan since assuming office of the President of Turkey and especially after the failed coup attempt in July, 2016. He also addressed a joint sitting of Pakistani Parliament yesterday which was boycotted by PTI because of their strained relations with the ruling party PML-N. Several cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding have also been signed during Erdogan’s visit. Turkish President Erdogan is an honored guest to Pakistan this week and I hope his visit augments investment and strengthens ties between the two nations.

Lawyers for Gulen Call Flynn’s Comments ‘Troubling’

Michael Rubinkam

Lawyers for a Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of masterminding a failed coup said Friday they’re confident he won’t be extradited, even though President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser recently denounced him as a “masked source of terror” and argued the U.S. shouldn’t allow him to stay.

November 18, 2016

Hizmet and Turkey’s relations with Nigeria

Manu Suleiman*

Turkey’s official relations with Africa, historically, have earlier centered holistically on North Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa, where Nigeria belongs, was not a major attraction to Turkey. There are several reasons the great Ottoman Empire (Turkey) never ventured into Sub-Saharan Africa.

November 17, 2016

Outcry as Pakistan deports teachers linked to Turkish coup suspect

Pakistan's decision to deport dozens of Turkish teachers was "politically-motivated", Amnesty International said Thursday, and sparked small demonstrations in major cities as Turkey's president wrapped up a state visit to the country.

Protests against likely closure of Pak-Turk schools in Pakistan

The Pak-Turk school network students and their parents’ protested against the likely closure of the educational set-up following the two-day state visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the federal government’s decision to deport teachers affiliated with Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges.

November 16, 2016

Erdogan’s ego eclipses Pakistan-Turkey ties

Naveed Ahmad

Multi-agency investigations launched after the failed coup in Turkey could not find any criminal activity in the affairs of allegedly Fethullah Gulen-linked organizations in Pakistan. Parallel probes into Pak-Turk Schools & Colleges, the Kimse Yok Mu humanitarian organization and Pak-Turk Business Council found no irregularities.

Pakistan submits to Turkey’s ‘authoritarian demands’ on Gulen

Shamil Shams

Authorities have ordered teachers with alleged links to Turkish cleric Gulen to leave the country as Turkey’s President Erdogan visits Pakistan. Experts say the move is aimed at appeasing Ankara.

November 15, 2016

Foreign pressure?: Fate of PakTurk schools hangs in the balance

The future of more than 100 Turkish citizens working for private schools set up by the PakTurk International Schools and Colleges network plunged into uncertainty after the government has declined to extend their visas and intended to send them back to Turkey.

Pak-Turk concerned over the abrupt decision of the Government

“PakTurk International Schools and Colleges are deeply concerned over the abrupt decision of the Government requiring the Turkish teachers, management and their family members numbering to approximately 450 individuals including the school-going children, infants and ladies to leave the country within three days – an extraordinary time constraint – in consequence of non-approval of their requests for extension of visa.

Monday Talk with Michael Rubin on Trump, Iran and Turkey

Vocal Europe’s Madalina Sisu Vicari has recently interviewed AEI’s Michael Rubin

Vocal Europe: Mr Trump’s top military adviser Michael T. Flynn pens a piece for the Hill magazine, liken Fethullah Gulen – a Muslim cleric who lives in the US, to Ayatollah Khomeini. Furthermore, he said Turkey is the US’ strongest ally against ISIS and a source of stability in the region. Do you think that the new Trump Administration will extradite Mr Gulen to Turkey based on the Turkish government’s allegations that he and his movement masterminded the attempted coup of 15 July in Turkey?

Fears for Gulen-inspired Turkish schools in Pakistan grow

As Pakistan welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with grandeur on his upcoming visit, officials in Islamabad are perplexed at the way the host country is being pressurized to expel more than 100 Turkish teachers from Pak-Turk schools across the country. They are to be replaced with people from Maarif Foundation- a radical state-run subsidiary of the Turkish government.

Rubin says Gülen’s extradition would convince Erdoğan that blackmail works ‎

Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former Pentagon official, has said the extradition of Fethullah Gülen, a self-exiled Turkish Islamic scholar whom the Turkish government accuses of being behind a July 15 coup attempt, would not better but rather would worsen relations between the two countries.

Turkey crackdown: deep unease in Fethullah Gulen’s home village

Stephen Starr

People are fearful in Korucuk, former home of US-based cleric blamed for July’s failed coup.

Off the main highway 28km east of Erzurum in eastern Turkey, a hail storm whipped up by an icy gale beats down on the ploughed ground.

Turkish engagement with Southern Africa depends on the Turkish attitude towards Hizmet

Thembisa Fakude

Abstract

The Hizmet Movement led by the cleric Fethullah Gulen has played an important role introducing and promoting Turkey in Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa. It has become the face of Turkey in many African countries.

November 14, 2016

NGO: Plot to take over Turkish schools will fail in Nigeria

The Head of the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA) – the umbrella body of over 600 education civil society organisations – Mrs. Chioma Osuji, said at the weekend that the plot by a Turkish government-backed organisation to take over Turkish schools would fail in Africa.

November 13, 2016

AKP deputy says people will raid prisons, hang Gülen, PKK supporters

Justice and Development Party (AKP) İzmir deputy Hüseyin Kocabıyık has said the Turkish people will raid prisons and hang sympathizers of the Gülen movement and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the event of the assassination of high-ranking state officials.

November 12, 2016

Trump’s Top Military Adviser Is Lobbying For Obscure Company With Ties To Turkish Government

An intelligence consulting firm founded by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s top military adviser, was recently hired as a lobbyist by an obscure Dutch company with ties to Turkey’s government and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

November 11, 2016

AfSV Statement on Turkish Government’s Arrest of HDP Parliamentarians

The Alliance for Shared Values is deeply concerned about the arrests of nine members of Turkish Parliament from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), including the party’s co-chairs Mr. Selahattin Demirtas and Ms. Figen Yuksekdag. Restricting the freedoms of members of the Turkish Parliament only hinders efforts to prevent terrorism by cutting off a peaceful means of expressing opposition.

November 10, 2016

EU report expresses concern about purge against Gülen movement

The progress report on Turkey that was issued on Wednesday by the European Commission expressed concern over the Turkish government’s purge against Gülen movement members, saying “any allegation of wrongdoing needs to be examined with due process, transparent procedures, and the right of every individual to a fair trial or equitable administrative process should be safeguarded.”

November 9, 2016

Massive crackdown on media in Turkey

Nine journalists and board members with the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet were imprisoned on 4 November pending their trial. This brings the total number of imprisoned journalists and media personnel to 112 since the 15 July coup attempt. As with other journalists and media workers within dozens of opposition media outlets, they are facing trumped up terrorism charges.

November 8, 2016

Turkish business suffers under Erdogan's post-coup Gulen purge

Anthony Skinner

In early-November, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey’s beleaguered main opposition Republic People’s Party (CHP), spoke out against the confiscation of property belonging to businessmen facing terrorism charges.

November 7, 2016

How will Erdogan purge the prisons?

Michael Rubin

Those in prison—educated, Western-oriented intellectuals and bureaucrats, liberals, Kurds, civil society activists, and supporters of exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen—are in mortal danger. When blood flows from the prisons, it will be no accident nor should anyone believe Erdogan’s security forces were simply reacting to a crisis.

Graduation ceremony of Pak-Turk school held

Pak-Turk International School and College is the only institution in Quetta where the students get modern education.

November 6, 2016

Understanding the Hizmet Movement in Nigeria

Joshua Ocheja

‎This topic is probably one of my best in recent times because it is as a result of real life encounters. And somewhat a response to a certain Huseyin Oztunc, who has been spreading outright falsehood on the Hizmet movement in Nigeria.

November 5, 2016

Gulen Movement and Transparency

Ismail Mesut Sezgin

The transparency of the Hizmet or Gülen Movement has long been a theme of various critics – writers, intellectuals and politicians. In the context of Turkey where secularism is deployed as a means to control religion rather than to separate it from politics, it is not hard to understand why this theme has been so popular.

November 4, 2016

After The Coup Attempt, A Crackdown In Turkey

Editorial

The Fountain has been recently banned by the Turkish government in Turkey. Let us try to explain why:

November 3, 2016

Embassies Embark on Diplomatic Moves for the Release of Detained Sierra Leonean in Turkey

The Sierra Leone Embassies in Abu Dhabi and Tehran are closely following the status of their national who was detained in the Turkish capital, Ankara on Tuesday, 18 October, 2016.

November 2, 2016

What Is Next In Turkey?

Aydoğan Vatandaş

After the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July 15, 2016, the wide-scale purge led by President Erdogan has reached witch-hunt proportions. More than 120,000 people — teachers, military officers, judges, prosecutors, journalists, scholars, functionaries, airline employees, even baklava salesmen, and ordinary house wives were arrested or fired from their jobs for their alleged link to Fethullah Gulen, who Erdogan claims to be the mastermind of the failed coup.

November 1, 2016

Five global challenges: How might Hizmet respond?

Max Farrar

Hizmet, the social movement inspired by the neo-Sufi thinker Fetullah Gülen, is currently being dismembered by the autocratic president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He accuses Gülen of ordering a coup attempt on 15th July 2016, saying it was was led by Hizmet members in the army. This is strenuously denied by Gülen and Hizmet, but the crack-down has nevertheless been enormous in its range (see here for more information and for Hizmet’s response).

October 31, 2016

Turkey Wants Mongolia To Shut Down Turkish Schools

Just ten years ago, Turkish Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc recalled a dramatic scene. One diplomat dropped his teacup upon hearing that he was posted to Mongolia with 5,000 USD, special residence, and a car — a lavish job at that time. “How can I live there?” the diplomat reportedly asked, according to Arinc. He noted that there are, however, some highly qualified Turkish teachers who defied the odds and went to teach Mongolian children with only $300 salary.

October 30, 2016

As Turkey’s war on Gulen escalates, so does impact on Africa

The latest round in Turkey’s internal war on Fethullah Gülen and the Gülen movement followers came late Saturday, when new decrees appeared in the nation’s Official Gazette. They extend the crackdown on Turkey’s media outlets, establish control over university administration and push Turkey’s initial state of emergency into January.

October 29, 2016

Gulen’s new book: “Muslims’ Responsibility in Countering Violence”

Published by Gulen Chair at Leuven University in Belgium, this new book is a selection of some of Fethullah Gülen’s essays on violence, just war, terrorism and Muslims’ responsibility.

October 28, 2016

Interview: U.S. Judge Says Turkey's Judiciary 'Taken Over' By Erdogan

Abbas Djavadi

Mark L. Wolf is a senior U.S. federal judge who went to Turkey in 2012 to help train the country’s prosecutors and judges to be more independent and more impartial.

In an October 25 interview in Prague with Abbas Djavadi, regional director of programming at RFE/RL, Wolf shares his views on the situation of rule of law in Turkey following the attempted coup in July.

October 27, 2016

Twelve questions Turkey’s journalists can’t ask

Michael Rubin

Freedom of the press has been one of the chief casualties of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rule. He has confiscated newspapers, sued their editors, and imprisoned journalists. Reporters Without Frontiers ranks Turkey’s press freedom 151st in the world out of 180, below Vladimir Putin’s Russia. In the forthcoming year, as Erdoğan’s state of emergency and purge continue, Turkey’s ranking will likely fall further, perhaps even below the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Return to Turkey or lose citizenship, gov’t tells Gülen followers

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) will revoke the citizenship of followers of the faith-based Gülen movement who sought refuge abroad due to a government crackdown on alleged movement sympathizers if they do not return to Turkey within a certain period of time, the pro-government Sabah daily reported on Thursday.