ISLAMABAD, July 18 (APP): Turkey on Monday categorically held Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) responsible for an attempt of failed coup and said the terrorists would be punished in accordance with the law.
“This coup attempt was staged in no uncertain terms by the
Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and our Government has been constantly exposing the real motives of this terrorist group and its leader,” a statement by Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said issued here.
The statement mentioned that the foiled coup was the latest
criminal act revealing the danger posed by FETÖ.
During the operations held against the terrorist group, more
than 6,000 have been detained so far and more than 100 coup plotters were captured dead. The operations continue.
The statement added that more than 190 of Turkish citizens
were left dead and more than 1,400 wounded.
A group of eight involved in the coup attempt fled to Greece
onboard a helicopter that they stole. Necessary steps have been taken for the return of the suspects and the helicopter.
“Our President, Prime Minister, Government, Members of Turkish Grand National Assembly and the Turkish people all together defeated this coup attempt and stood by democracy and rule of law,” it said.
Giving an overview of the coup, the statement said “On the
evening of July 15th, a faction of the Turkish Armed Forces attempted to stage a coup in various cities of Turkey, particularly in Ankara and Istanbul.
It was understood in a short time that this was more than a
treacherous plot: It was a terrorist campaign. The perpetrators fired at their own people, stabbed their commanders in the back and bombed the National Parliament and the Office of the Presidency.
From the very beginning, the command chain and vast majority of the Turkish Armed Forces stood up against the coup attempt. It was merely some elements of the Air Forces, Gendarmerie and armored units that joined the violent conspiracy. Both the police and public prosecutors immediately took necessary measures to foil the attempt”.
The statement said it was the Turkish nation who thwarted the plot.
“They displayed a historic solidarity as they took to the
streets and remained defiant. They stood bravely in front of the tanks and reclaimed their democratic rights,” it said.
The Foreign Ministry said terrorists tried to broadcast their
message by taking over studios of the state TV (TRT) and raiding private media outlets. Yet the plotters’ attempt to control media did not last long.
It must be noted that the Turkish media also played a key role in subsiding the coup attempt, it added.
Throughout the process, all the political parties and members
of the Turkish Grand National Assembly stood firmly by democracy, democratic politics, democratic institutions and the Constitution.
A Joint Declaration in defense of democracy was issued during the extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly on the 16th of July.