ISLAMABAD: Amid a barrage of accusations and political agitation, the PML-N chief is set to leave for Turkey today (Thursday) to participate in the inauguration of Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in the presidency, his most favourite ally in the Muslim nations.
Officials at the foreign ministries of Pakistan and Turkey confirmed to Daily Times that the embattled premier will touch down in Ankara. Ironically, both the Sharif brothers will be out of the country over the next couple of days. Shahbaz Sharif is already on an official visit to China. The duo continues to take unfavourable domestic scene lightly. It is learnt that Turkey’s three times premier and now president-elect has been one of the foreign leaders to speak to Nawaz Sharif to express support during the ongoing crisis.
Erdogan, though largely credited for Turkey’s economic turn around since 2001 in premier office, has been accused of serious irregularities in pre-election process. Not only the state-run and private media, with a few exceptions, siding with him during the election campaign, Erdogan continued to hold the office of prime minister. Similar to Model Town massacre, Turkey’s first directly elected president has himself vindicated heavy use of force during Gezi Park protest, which claimed precious lives of the Turkish nation.
If Erdogan’s alleged victimisation of Gulen Movement and police officials behind massive corruption disclosures can be any guide, Nawaz may return home with greater resolve to use strong-arm tactics. According to Turkey’s state media, 15 presidents will attend the oath-taking ceremony in Turkish Grand National Assembly.
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