PM Nawaz heaps praise on Turks for standing up to military

Published: July 17, 2016
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Premier says people of Turkey deserve to be complimented for coming out into the streets and facing military tanks PHOTO: AFP

Premier says people of Turkey deserve to be complimented for coming out into the streets and facing military tanks PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s government and opposition leaders condemned on Saturday the deadly but thwarted coup attempt by a faction of the Turkish military against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule as they praised the people of Turkey for supporting democracy.

“We deeply admire the resolve of the brave and resilient Turkish people, who stood up against the forces of darkness and anarchy to express their support and commitment to democracy,” Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif said in a statement issued by his office.

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“We express our complete support and solidarity with President Erdogan, the democratically elected government of Turkey, and the democratic institutions of Turkey,” he added.

The premier said Pakistan deeply appreciates President Erdogan’s steadfast support as well as the support of the people of Turkey to Pakistan on all occasions, whenever the need arose. “I wish to reaffirm full support of the government and people of Pakistan to the elected leadership and government and the people of Turkey,” the prime minister said.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif took to Twitter to ‘salute the people of Turkey’. “Turkish people have defeated the dark forces and defended their Right to Rule,” he wrote on the popular microblogging site.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid commended Turkey on becoming the first Muslim nation to foil an attempted coup. “Thwarting the military coup with the power of the masses is a good gesture for all Islamic countries and Turkey deserves congratulations for this,” he told state-run PTV.

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the chairman of the main opposition Pakistan Peoples Party, condemned the attempted coup and voiced hope that Turkey will come out as a stronger democracy and stronger nation after quashing the uprising.

“The people of Turkey deserve to be complimented for coming out into the streets and facing military tanks and artillery with bare hands to force the coup makers run,” Bilawal said in a statement.

“The people of Pakistan in general and the PPP in particular are aware of the disastrous consequences of Bonapartes staging military coups,” he added. This new development will lend new strength to ‘democracy-loving forces’ anywhere in the world and make the potential coup makers think twice before attempting adventurism.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2016.

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  • Sarmad Hassan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 9:15AM

    Its the same guy who didn’t speak a word about Indian spy arrest nor took any self respective action to encounter Afghan official statements. All of a sudden came out of his hiding and started praising for things which suits his narrative. Its so sad to see all this. Recommend

  • Nadir N.M Mahmood
    Jul 17, 2016 - 9:20AM

    if such a thing happened here no one would take to street save Sahrif’s gullobats…Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Jul 17, 2016 - 9:21AM

    Let us see how many Pakistanis will stand beside you when the army takes over???Recommend

  • Jul 17, 2016 - 9:52AM

    Yes, but don’t keep your hopes up too high. The citizens of Pakistan don’t like or want you or Zardari. Nor do they want Altaf and foot-dragging bureaucrats of NAB and case-dragging judges in courts.
    You, Zardari et al are lucky because of out-moded and obsolete laws and corrupt police.
    Erdogan did not enter Panama Papers like your family did and Erdogan has not IMPOVERISHED his nation down to a mendicant status. The Turks are different from Pakistanis and the ball games have differing customs and practices. Salams to Pakistan. Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 17, 2016 - 9:59AM

    The role that police in Turkey played in thwarting coup is highly commendable and there is a lesson for Pakistan that it should also develop a kind that can resist as first force till people can be mobilize against dark forces.
    Well done people of Turkey well done Turkish police.Recommend

  • Raju
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:15AM

    Mr Nawaz Indirectly giving a signal to Pakistanis for saving his chaddi when it is yanked down by the other ShareefRecommend

  • mirestan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:21AM

    There is no comparison between Turkish and Pakistani Democracy. Pakistan is a kingdom, Votes are rigged and corruption is the order of the day. Any one who can bring corruption free society and justice to this country is welcome ,we will welcome any form of Goverment.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:29AM

    would Pakistani people come to the streets in such an event…… history proves otherwise, and in Pakistan, still, the future will be the reflection of past Recommend

  • Last Word
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:51AM

    After Turkey’s failed military coup, major political parties especially the ruling party is in a state of shock and apprehension that the same might happen in Pakistan too. However, the chances of this occurrence appear to be bleak presently, but should it happen in Pakistan the people may come out to celebrate than in protest. Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:52AM

    Let it be clear that people stand up to leaders who serve them, not loot them. Those who loot a nation but must be sent to gallows.Recommend

  • asad
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:05AM

    This bald headed man should know that the people will not and should not stand for him if there was such a plot in Pakistan, he clearly does not deserve to such an honor.Recommend

  • Rustam
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:42AM

    The resistance of great people of Turkey and failing coup there is a CONDOLENCE message for West and its media and people that have been ignoring the great services rendered by Eardogan in his rule of Turkey consecutively for last 13 years. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:47AM

    Sir, hold a referendum in Pakistan and see where you stand in respect to the armed forces.Recommend

  • Zain
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:47AM

    If Mr Nawaz believes that the Pakistani people will come out to support him in a similar fashion in case of a coup, he is sadly mistaken..Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:50AM

    No one believes that Nawaz enjoys that level of support in Punjab where all the Punjabis would stand in front of the tanks to defend him.Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 12:15PM

    Nawaz Sharif and his clan also called as cabinet, appeared overjoyed and are extravagant in their “praise” for people of Turkey. One thing they are not appreciating which is the crux of the whole affair is that Nawaz Sharif is not Erdogan and Pakistanis are not of Turkish descent.
    What is best for Turkey they know and what is best for us only Pakistanis know; not Nawaz Sharif or his cabinet or his brother who do not know our and Kashmir’s history. Thankfully it is the people of Pakistan who reminded this ‘bright leadership’ significance of 19 July declared by them as Black Day.Recommend

  • no one
    Jul 17, 2016 - 12:21PM

    Imaging no one will stand up for you, mr corrupt nawaz shareef.Recommend

  • Jul 17, 2016 - 12:44PM

    It’s a shame neither Nawaz or Coward BilliY Boy and his 10% father could no do a thing to Millitary and Mullah in Pakistan, they can just praise Turkey that is the only mischief you are allowed or Raheel will chop off your heads and throw in Thames River.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:00PM

    If you are anything like him, people will come out for you as well.

    But, do not keep your hopes high!!!Recommend

  • Amir
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:05PM

    Ha ha…While all the pakistani news channel were broadcassting live what was unfolding in Turkey, PTV News and PTV English were discussing Kashmir, total blackout.

    Must be a sigh of relief for the PM that the military takeover was a failure. But do remember in Pakistan this is not the case. Military is always welcomed with open heart, even by opposition…Recommend

  • Faizan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:16PM

    Well Mr. PM don’t even think that people of Pakistan will stand behind you because your policies are not people friendly. Erdogan is a dictator but his policies are people friendly and they don’t tax their people for no reason as you have built your empire with the people’s money and he is people’s favorite not a corrupt leader like youRecommend

  • Ur1987
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:30PM

    As if anyone would do the same for you.Recommend

  • Vaidyanathan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:42PM

    They were Turks, done it. Can pakistanus, no, never. It require guts. NS shouldn’t expect. From paks.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:52PM

    It interesting to note that there is no comments from Gen. Reheel Sharif or from ISPR. But again even when Nawaz Sharif was eager to comment, if this were to happen in Pakistan would Pakistani people stand behind the PM like Turkey people stood solidly behind Erdogan?Recommend

  • nasir ali khan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:16PM

    They stood for Erdogan..you don’t deserve it
    .Recommend

  • mirestan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:28PM

    Pakistani media is worse than Indian media. Allah help at least Pakistani media.Recommend

  • vaidyanathan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:46PM

    Turks supported their President. NS donot expect Paks to support you or any elected PM. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:52PM

    He can only wish that the Pakistani people would stand up for him the way the Turks did for their democracy – the dharna suggested otherwise.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:56PM

    The Turkish people came out in support of their true leader and against the army. Pakistani people will never stand with all the corrupt politicians if a similar situation arises. This democracy is a sham and has only helped the corrupt politicians steal from the Pakistani tax payers.
    Pakistanis will stand with the military and come out bearing flowers for them if they helped us end the rule of corrupt politicians.Recommend

  • Asmer
    Jul 17, 2016 - 3:00PM

    Mr Nawaz Shareef people will not come out on the streets for you ,you are corrupt to the core
    and you have done nothing for the country except ballooning your pockets .
    People will be happy to see the Army to take over but Army never will because you will dig your own grave with your corruption.Recommend

  • Sohail
    Jul 17, 2016 - 3:11PM

    NS: Dont compare Turkey leadership with your corrupt administration.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Jul 17, 2016 - 3:45PM

    Turkish people did the right thing but poor soldiers were only obeying orders. Why they were beaten, stripped and insulte by thugs when soldiers had already refused to shoot. Their officers deserve maximum punishment but no soldiers should have been mistreated. Videos and photos of soldiers mistreatment will remain on Internet forever. Recommend

  • Ch. K. A. Nye
    Jul 17, 2016 - 4:54PM

    I notice he use the Royal “we” … the king that he thinks he is… Recommend

  • Scorpian King
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:01PM

    Inshallah we will never allow a military takeover in PakistanRecommend

  • pk
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:24PM

    Don’t worry people will not support you in case Pakistan army coup against you.Recommend

  • Confused
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:36PM

    Mr. Erdogan is a larger than life figure. He has improved the per capita income of his nation for which his nation is indebted to him. On the contrary Pakistani governments have only increased Pakistanis’ per capita debt and yet the people are showing their patience. Prime minister should have praised the patience of his own nation instead. Recommend

  • Javaid Randhawa
    Jul 17, 2016 - 6:23PM

    Nawaz his brother and some ministers immediately reacted but not ready to speak out for kashmiris brutely killed by modi. Shame on you mr nawaz. Better go to india and play cricket with modi.Recommend

  • NY
    Jul 17, 2016 - 6:30PM

    Don’t be under any illusions Mr PM, people of Pakistan are so fed up with you that no one will stand up for you if the army decides to throw you out. In fact, people will celebrate as they did the last time. Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Jul 17, 2016 - 6:32PM

    Look who is talking… Someone who was jailed by Pak army and was kicked out of Country. hahahahaRecommend

  • Sun tzu
    Jul 17, 2016 - 7:16PM

    Left unsaid: And here you are putting up posters asking for army rule…….shame….Recommend

  • Beware
    Jul 17, 2016 - 7:31PM

    Beware Sharif sahab.. GHQ may read into your statements and upstage you…Recommend

  • mastishhk
    Jul 17, 2016 - 8:06PM

    When will NS stand up to Military ?Recommend

  • Ch. K. A. Nye
    Jul 18, 2016 - 12:18AM

    @mastishhk:
    He tried before and failed…. Stupidity personified if he thinks that people will prevent his eventual overthrow… Recommend

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