There’s a pressure on Pakistan following the crackdown in Turkey after failed coup attempt to overtake control of the country.
Lately the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked Islamabad to shut down education institutions and business concerns in its country which are linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Erdogan blames US-based Gulen for masterminding the coup plot in Turkey.
Meanwhile, the country has also demanded the US for Gulen’s extradition.
Gulen meanwhile has denied his involvement in the failed coup plot of last week in Turkey. Washington has asked Erdogan to provide evidence against him for extradition.
A senior Pakistani foreign ministry official said, “Turkey is a friendly country and we should accommodate their concerns within the ambit of law and propriety.”
Around two dozen institutions of Gulen’s commercial network called PAKTURK International Schools and Colleges are operating in Pakistan.
Gulen has also established a think tank platform Rumi Forum in Pakistan to promote intercultural and intellectual dialogue. Turkish scholars are invited here to deliver lectures in Pak universities.
Pakistani official said they want the Turks to identify a company to take over these institutions as shutting down may harm studies of students enrolled.
Turkey under Erdogan has a friendlier relation with Pakistan.
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