By Dr Shahid Qureshi :-
I was interviewing a survivor of the ‘Srebrenica genocide’ from Bosnia, who was young boy at the time, at about 10 pm with CNN Turk follow journalist in my hotel in Konya . I just arrived from Ankara after meeting with the Prime Minister Bin Ali Yildrim and the news of coup and tanks on the streets shocked all of us. It was a very long night as there were Azan called from all the Masjids. Turks were on the street with flags and airport was shutdown.
“The fight against FETÖ continues unwaveringly across institutions in light of new documents and information that have come to light. Since July 15, 2016, 19,203 personnel have been dismissed as part of investigations carried out to this end,” a TSK statement said on 5th April 2020. The statement added that legal procedures remained ongoing for 5,035 personnel.
I am watching the Turkish series about the last Ottoman Caliph Sultan Abdul Hamid – Payitah Abdul Hamid – https://kayifamily.com/payitaht-abdulhamid and it seems nothing has changed in last 100 years as the war between Europeans and Turks continues. It is really an eye opener and learning curve.
Tens of thousands have been arrested or detained since the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, which was thwarted thanks to strong public resistance. Subsequent investigations revealed a large network of FETÖ members in the military. Security forces still launch operations on an almost daily basis to hunt down suspected terrorist group members in the armed forces.
Long before it was designated a national security threat, FETÖ was pursuing a policy of infiltration in a myriad of government agencies, including the army, law enforcement, the judiciary and bureaucracy. Followers managed to rise to the top ranks while disguising their ties to the group, becoming generals in the army and senior police chiefs. Through its “imams,” FETÖ kept in contact with its infiltrators and gave them orders.
Their efforts to disguise themselves long prevented detection and only after their first coup attempt, in 2013, did investigations disclose their tactics. As FETÖ members have been identified, more have come forward to shed light on the group’s plots, leading to additional arrests. Categorized for decades as a religious movement, FETÖ was a prominent group in Turkey, but investigations after the coup attempts revealed an extensive network of members that were hiding their allegiance, known as “mahrem,” or “secret” in Turkish.
Investigations following the coup attempt disclosed that military infiltrators of the terrorist group had used secretive communication methods to contact their handlers in FETÖ, such as payphones. To exert full control over an institution it infiltrates, FETÖ is known to expel those not aligned with its ideology.
FETÖ leader Fetullah Gülen has lived in self-imposed exile on a 400-acre property in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania since 1999. He is widely known as a US asset and I don’t think it is going to give him up.
FETO network was designed on the British India’s ‘Qadiyani aka Ahmedi model of 19th Century’, which attracted lot of educated but over ambitious Muslims to work for British Empire and they play major role against the Khalifat Movement as reported in the 1919 British Intelligence report.
There is a lesson for the Turks, Pakistanis and others, ‘if a product is free than you are the product’. You handed over your young generation for free education without checking what they are going to teach them and what was the trap.
There is a lesson for Turkey, Pakistan and other’s, they need to have zero tolerance for treachery due to the challenges from same enemies as 100 years ago. Remember doors of the Muslims castles were opened from inside and locks don’t work when enemies are inside.
(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 Azerbaijan 2020, April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015, 2016, 2019 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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