On 15th July 2022, Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram, Executive Director, Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future participated as a keynote speaker in commemoration ceremony for the martyred of July 15,2016 thwarted coup attempted by Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO) & Democracy and Unity Day held. The ceremony was held at Turkish Embassy in Islamabad. His Excellency Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Speaker, National Assembly graced the ceremony as the Chief Guest.
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Speaker, National Assembly and Chief Guest of the ceremony highlighted that Turkish people have played a historic role in defending the peace, stability and the democratic institutions. They showcased the characteristics of resilience and legendary bravery to defy the forces of darkness. He also stated that people of Pakistan have always taken pride in Turkey’s progress.
While addressing the audience, Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram, Executive Director, Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future stated that memories of Shuhada’s courage and bravery are still fresh and will continue to be in everyone's mind for years to come. On July 15, 2016, a coup attempt aiming to topple the democratic government, however, failed within hours and etched far-reaching consequences into its society and politics.
He stated that Pakistan firmly stands alongside its strongest ally, Turkey. We are together with Turkish population to pay tribute to the heroes who embraced martyrdom for the security and stability of their state. He praised the determination and will power projected by the people of Turkiye which is an inspiration for many around the world.
H.E Dr. Mehmet Pacaci, Ambassador of Turkish Embassy to Pakistan stated that the resistance of the Turkish people became the symbolistic case of the nonviolent struggle against the tyranny. The night a dangerous segment of the organization FETO was defeated by the people. He explained that despite the traumatic experience, the Turkish people decided to move on. The economy did not suffer any major shock. He explained that the martyrs of the coup cannot be forgotten. Their bravery and sacrifice will be remembered for years to come.
The ceremony included leading experts, media personals, government institutions, and diplomatic corps.