Obama gives in to Erdogan's pressure, promises to take legal action against coup plotters

Ali Zain 01:20 PM | 5 Sep, 2016
Obama gives in to Erdogan's pressure, promises to take legal action against coup plotters
BEIJING - Finally giving in to the immense pressure of the Turkish government, US President Barack Obama has announced that Washington will cooperate with Ankara and take all possible actions against those involved in July's failed military coup in Turkey.

On July 15, a group of Turkish military tried to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while was he was holidaying on a nearby island. The attempt was foiled by the Turkish people and the Pro-Erdogan forces.

Related – Erdogan returns as military coup attempt repelled in Turkey

Immediately after the coup failed, Erdogan blamed the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen for ordering the coup. Ankara also formally requested Washington to extradite Gulen after an Ankara court issued arrest warrants for him. Gulen denied the allegation.

The US State Department said that they have not yet reached any final decision on the Turkish request. Secretary of State John Kerry, however, demanded Turkey to share reliable evidence for extradition of Gulen – which strained the bilateral ties of the two countries.

Related – Shocking: The mastermind behind Turkey’s failed coup had deep links with Israel

On Sunday, speaking at the G20 summit in China, President Barack Obama made a clear point without mentioning Fethullah Gulen and the Turkish request about him. He said the United States "will cooperate with Turkish authorities to determine how we can make sure that those who carried out these activities are brought to justice."

He also appreciated the Turkish people who resisted the coup on the night of July 15 and "affirmed their commitment to democracy."

These people are "the strength and brilliance of democratic institutions," he went on to say on the occasion.

Related – A short summary Turkey’s failed coup attempt – everything you need to know

It is also pertinent to be mentioned here that over 300 people were killed and more than 2,100 were injured in the failed coup-related incidents. Several government buildings, including the Turkish Parliament and the Presidential Palace, were also damaged.

Since the failed-coup-attempt, Turkey has detained at least 6,000 military servicemen. 2,745 judges and prosecutors were dismissed from services while over 15,000 educationists were also suspended for their alleged affiliation with Fethullah Gulen.

Ali Zain
Ali Zain

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 02, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 271.1 271.6
Euro EUR 298.27 298.87
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335.5 336.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs207,100 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,670.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420


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