WhatsApp Logo Subscribe
For News Alert

News

Turkey detains nearly 200 over Gulen links

December 8, 2020 06:26 PM


Twitter Share Facebook Share WhatsApp Share

Turkish police on Tuesday detained 198 people, including soldiers, in nationwide raids over alleged ties to the group blamed for a 2016 coup attempt, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Tens of thousands of people have been arrested in regular raids in Turkey against the movement of US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen since the 2016 coup bid.

Ankara says the attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was ordered by ally-turned-foe Gulen, but he vehemently denies the accusation.

The raids show no sign of slowing, with almost daily reports of arrest warrants issued despite criticism from Western allies and human rights defenders.

Tuesday's detentions come after the Izmir chief public prosecutor issued 304 arrest warrants, including for 295 active duty military personnel across 50 provinces, Anadolu said.

In the capital, the Ankara chief public prosecutor's office said on Tuesday it issued 47 arrest warrants as part of two separate investigations into the movement.

Government critics say Ankara is using the crackdown to target dissenters, but Turkish officials argue the raids are necessary to remove Gulen's influence in state bodies.

More than 100,000 public sector employees have also been sacked or suspended over suspected links to Gulen since July 2016.

 

 



Most Read

  1. Several PIA flights cancelled, delayed at Karachi Airport Several PIA flights cancelled, delayed at Karachi Airport
  2. Female salon owner injured in ‘targeted attack’ in Lahore Female salon owner injured in ‘targeted attack’ in Lahore
  3. Iqrar ul Hassan issues video statement after attacked by Peer Haq Khateeb's followers in Gujranwala Iqrar ul Hassan issues video statement after attacked by Peer Haq Khateeb's followers in Gujranwala
  4. Water tariff doubled for Lahore consumers Water tariff doubled for Lahore consumers
  5. Rakul Preet and Jackky Bhagnani celebrate 3 months of marital bliss Rakul Preet and Jackky Bhagnani celebrate 3 months of marital bliss
  6. US and Sindh govt launch $9 million initiative  to combat tuberculosis in Pakistan  US and Sindh govt launch $9 million initiative  to combat tuberculosis in Pakistan 

Opinion

  1. Hats off to Fatah-II
    Hats off to Fatah-II

    By Naveed Aman Khan

  2. New twist in PTI founder’s strategy towards Military Establishment
    New twist in PTI founder’s strategy towards Military Establishment

    By Salim Bokhari

  3. Revoke the heat stroke
    Revoke the heat stroke

    By Dr Asif Channer

  4. Defiance, sacrifice & national resilience
    Defiance, sacrifice & national resilience

    By Naveed Aman Khan

  5. Maryam Nawaz Sharif's Police Uniform: Breaking Gender Stereotypes, Not Minds
    Maryam Nawaz Sharif's Police Uniform: Breaking Gender Stereotypes, Not Minds

    By Alysha Khan

  6. Pak-Saudi-Iran economic proximity
    Pak-Saudi-Iran economic proximity

    By News Desk