Pak-Turk schools’ fate hangs in the balance as Turkish FM arrives Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in the capital on Monday on a two-day official visit for talks with Pakistani authorities on bilateral ties, as well as the regional security situation.

However, the focus of his visit will be on Turkey’s efforts to seek the closure of educational institutions and other business concerns run by US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in Pakistan.

Ankara claims that Gulen, who is living in self-imposed exile in the United States, was the alleged mastermind of the recent failed military coup plot in Turkey.

The state-run Radio Pakistan said the two sides were expected to discuss ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in different fields.

The Turkish foreign minister and Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will address a joint news conference on Tuesday after holding formal talks. The Turkish foreign policy wizard is also expected to call on the prime minister. Monitoring Desk