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A short summary of Turkey's failed coup attempt - everything you need to know

On July 15th, 11 PM local time, military jets were seen flying over Ankara while the Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan was on holiday at the Turkish coastal resort city of Marmaris. As events unfolded, it turned out that the heightened military movements were a part of a coup attempt on the democratically elected government of Tayyip Erdogan.

12:55 PM | 16 Jul, 2016
A short summary of Turkey's failed coup attempt - everything you need to know
Lahore (Web Desk) - Military jets were seen flying over Ankara while the Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan was on holiday at the Turkish coastal resort city of Marmaris on July 15th, 11 PM local time. The heightened military movements turned out to be part of a coup attempt on the democratically elected government of Tayyip Erdogan.

The attempt was carried out by a faction of the Turkish Army that had taken the Army's Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar hostage at the military headquarters in Ankara, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.



Reuters reported that at 00:02 local time, Turkish soldiers overrun the buildings of the Turkish state broadcaster, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), in Ankara forcing anchor Tijen Karaş to read out a statement saying that "the democratic and secular rule of law has been eroded by current government" and that Turkey was now led by a "peace council" who would "ensure safety of the population."

Responding to the first news of the attempted coup, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said military action was being "taken outside the chain of command," and that it was an "illegal attempt" to seize power by "part of the military." The statement read in part, "Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and general security that was damaged. All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue."

The plotters stated that they had "done so to preserve democratic order, and that the rule of law must remain a priority." The statement also ordered temporary martial rule, and claimed a new constitution would be prepared "as soon as possible." TRT was then taken off the air.

Immediately after the attempted attack on the Turkish democracy, the President flew to Istanbul where, surrounded by his supporters, he announced that the government is still in power and those who perpetrated 'treason' shall be punished severely. The Turkish President used iPhone's Facetime app to deliver a statement, which was broadcasted live by CNN Türk.





"Go to the streets and give them their answer, I am coming to a square in Ankara," he said. This was the call that the people of Turkey needed. Within minutes, Erdogan's supporters were on the streets, standing in front of the rebel tanks and facing bullets. The resistance of the people of Turkey turned out to be the decisive factor in restoring democracy to the country.

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Prominent military figures also spoke out against the coup, including the commander of the First Army, Gen. Umit Guler, who issued a statement saying, “The armed forces do not support this movement comprised of a small group within our ranks.”

The Turkish police played a crucial role in stomping out the rebellion. While the Turkish people flooded the streets in support of democracy, the Turkish police were involved in firefights with the rebel factions. On the Basphorous bridge, the Turkish police arrested scores of rebel soldiers armed with tanks. Images of soldiers surrendering to the police gave more strength to pro-democracy protesters on the streets, many of whom played their part by surrounding any rebel soldiers they could find on the streets.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 24 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 24, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.4 74.15
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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