US backing international terrorists: Turkish PM Erdogan
15 October, 2010
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the US was supporting some common enemies of Pakistan and Turkey and the time has come to unmask them and act together.
In an exclusive chat with this correspondent in the presence of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Turkish prime minister very candidly answered critical questions not only about Turkey-Pakistan relations but also on some other important issues before leaving Pakistan on Tuesday night.
The Turkish premier said that the people of Pakistan should not fight with each other and they must concentrate on rehabilitation of 20 million flood victims. â€śInstability and infighting will only help your enemies who are looking for an opportunity to use Pakistanis against Pakistanis.
â€śIf you will not understand the evil designs of your enemies then what will be the future of 20 million flood victims of Pakistan, who will help them if you start fighting with each other,â€ť Erdogan warned.
He said that Pakistan,Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran have a common future, security of one country lies in the security of others but our enemies are creating problems for us. He said: â€śPakistan is my second home and I am concerned about the internal situation of my second homeâ€ť.
He insisted that Pakistan and Turkey must play a decisive role to stabilise Afghanistan. He said that both Pakistan and Turkey suffered from military dictators who were always supported by the USA; politicians were hanged by military regimes in both countries, and both the countries are fighting against terrorism these days. Erdogan said: â€śWe have common problems and common solutions, military dictatorships have always created problems and democracy is a common solutionâ€ť.
When asked why no military dictator has ever not been tried in courts of Turkey and Pakistan, he said: â€śI donâ€™t support hanging any military dictator but law must take its action against all those who abrogated constitutionâ€ť. He said that some foreign hands are supporting terrorists in Pakistan and Turkey directly and also through some NGOâ€™s.
Erdogan was very hard on the â€śdouble standardsâ€ť of the USA and said that a recent Israeli attack on a Turkish ship Freedom Flotilla have unmasked the so-called civilised face of Washington who openly and shamelessly supported the state terrorism of Israel. â€śNine Turkish martyrs on the ship received 21 bullets from Israeli soldiers in their bodies, we provided post mortem reports and even the pictures to the EU and USA but Washington is not ready to condemn the state terrorism of Israel against Turkey which means that the USA is supporting an international terrorist who killed our citizens in international watersâ€ť.
When asked that Turkey have diplomatic relations with Israel and what would be his advice to Pakistan for making diplomatic relations with Israel, Erdogan responded very carefully and said that â€śdespite diplomatic relations Israel never behaved like a civilised country with Turkey and I cannot give any advice to my Pakistani brothers; it is their right to decide about making relations with Israelâ€ť. Erdogan said that Pakistan and India must resolve Kashmir dispute by peaceful talks. â€śYou need strong political will for resolving Kashmir dispute,â€ť he added.
During the conversation of the Turkish prime minister with this scribe, Yusuf Raza Gilani also suggested a question that â€śwhat is the procedure for the appointment of judges in Turkey?â€ť Erdogan explained the whole process in detail and said that Parliament has an important role for the appointment of judges in Turkey. â€śI am facing problems from the courts but I am sure these problems will be resolved.â€ť After listening this answer a very meaningful smile appeared on the face of PM Gilani and he said that â€śeverything will be resolved nothing bad will happen in Pakistanâ€ť.