Davutoglu urges united front against global terrorism

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says international community needs to join its forces against global terrorism which indiscriminately targets all people because they are enemies of whole of humanity

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Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech during AK Party's caucus at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara on March 29, 2016.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has urged on Tuesday that the world’s nations need to create a joint front against global terrorism because terrorist organisations indiscriminately threaten all people because they are enemies of the whole of humanity.

“Ankara, Istanbul, Brussels, Baghdad, and now Lahore... These bloody networks are not differentiating continents, regions, countries or people [for their attacks]. They are not distinguishing [people based on] ethnic origin, religion, culture or geography [before their respective attacks],” Davutoglu said during a speech in the group meeting of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Ankara.

Terror groups have no boundaries when it comes to where they carry out their attacks, which could target bus stops, avenues, airports, stadiums or amusement parks, Davutoglu also said. 

“These organised murder networks are one and the same” and they have been established in order to commit crimes against humanity “though they seem to have different names and ideologies,” the prime minister underlined.

“Terror is a dishonourable act which directly targets humanity and life itself. Therefore, the whole humanity needs decisively to stand up against terror as one before it is too late,” he warned.

Davutoglu also condemned the recent terror attacks in Iraq and Pakistan indicating that “Turkey is the closest friend of every ethnic group in Iraq whether it is Turkmen, Arab, Kurd, Sunni or Shiite,” and the country has a special relationship with Pakistani people based on mutual “bonds of love.”  

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also strongly condemned on Sunday the suicide blast that killed scores of people and injured hundreds of others in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded park in Lahore on Sunday evening, killing at least 65 people and injuring 280 others, according to Salman Rafiq, health minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province. The attack was claimed by Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar. 

Erdogan previously drew attention to the fact that there is no real difference between terror organisations, whether they were PKK terrorists targeting the Turkish capital Ankara or the attackers in the Belgian capital.

“Terrorists have clearly showed one more time that they have no difference among themselves in terms of the heinous methods they have used,” the Turkish president underlined last Tuesday during his condemnation of the Brussels attacks.

At least 35 people were killed in attacks by DAESH terrorists on Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train, triggering security alerts across western Europe and bringing some cross-border transportation to a halt.

Turkey has repeatedly stated that Western countries did not heed warnings of the dangers posed by terrorists belonging to various armed groups it expelled back to Europe after detaining them at the Syrian border.

Turkey has already been targeted with several terror attacks by DAESH and PKK terrorist groups since last July.

The latest DAESH attack in Turkey took place when a DAESH-linked terrorist carried out a suicide attack in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, killing at least five people including himself and wounding 39 others.

Recent PKK terror attacks have additionally killed more than 350 security officials in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and half year-long ceasefire on July 11 and threatened the country with further attacks.

The TAK, which is affiliated with the PKK terrorist group, claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed 38 people on March 13 in the Kizilay District near Guvenpark in Ankara, which adjoins a major transportation hub of bus and minibus stops and the city's central metro station.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US, and NATO.

TRTWorld and agencies