(By Dr Shahid Qureshi: Antalya – Turkey): Meltem KILINÇ Mother of the slain Turkish policeman Muhammet Oguz Kilinc demanded the execution of all those terrorists involved in the killings of hundreds Turkish people and also injuring thousands.
Meltem KILINÇ become sick during the speech while talking about her son. She was provided medical treatment. Her husband Zeki Kilinc father of Muhammet Oguz Kilinc is also a police officer. She was speaking at an International conference on the “Post 15 July 2016 Coup Turkey”. This conference was arranged by Ibrahim Gökdemir senior Turkish journalist. Hülya Özkoyuncu senior journalist hosted the conference.
There is an over whelming demand from the Turkish people to re instate the capital punishment for the terrorists, murderers and those who are involved in anti-state activities.
Turkey had pressures from the European Union to abolish capital punishment to be considered for the membership of the EU. That was in the context of improving human rights in the country.
Capital punishment is legal in Pakistan and is ranked fifth after the People’s Republic of China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The European Union continue to do business with Iran, Saudi Arabia, China and USA. How is it possible that the EU would discriminate Turkey who is fighting terrorism as well as anti-state actors? Obviously, Turkey need to have special measures to deal with special circumstances as the USA administration had during the civil war and US Supreme Court supported the administration.
As far as EU is not against the executions / hangings or capital punishment as it is doing business with the US, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and others. All EU is asking is follow the due process of law.
In the after math of the Peshawar Massacre of Children in School in Pakistan and in response to a query The European Union wrote on 19/12/14 and within hours European Union sent me the following response after consulting their experts:
Dear Dr (Shahid) Qureshi,
“The position of the EU is well known: we are against the death penalty in all circumstances because we believe it is not an effective deterrent and is an irreversible form of punishment.
After the horrific massacre in Peshawar, the EU High Representative and European Commission Vice President Frederica Mogherini issued a statement expressing her shock and heartfelt condolences, reiterating the commitment of the EU to tackle the threat posed by terrorism and to further assist the Pakistani Government.”
I sent the above European Union response to British Human Rights Lawyer Barrister Amjad Malik for comment.
He said: “Lifting ban on moratorium does not affect GSP plus status as long as Pakistan is committed to improvement on human rights and due process of law”.
In these circumstances, it is important the culprits, terrorists, and murders punished with iron hand and rights of the individuals are protected.
On 15 July 2016, a coup d’état was attempted in Turkey against state institutions, including, but not limited to the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. During the coup, over 300 people were killed and more than 2,100 were injured.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University)
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