A pious Kurdish non-governmental organisation named Med-Zehra has denied claims made by pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas that it had supported the HDP during Turkey’s recent elections. Demirtas had thanked Med-Zehra on Sunday after the elections for their support.
Med-Zehra released a statement on Tuesday, first welcoming the election results and expressing hopes that the political outcome would benefit the country.
In his post-election speech, Demirtas said, “I thank all the NGOs that supported us despite not forming an alliance with us,” with “special thanks to Med-Zehra.”
But a statement from Med-Zehra said, “Although we acknowledge his appreciation and return a similar thank you to Demirtas, we are issuing this statement over need to inform the public of matters that are crucial for Med-Zehra.”
“Until now, Med-Zehra has never supported a political party, neither openly nor secretly. Any ‘support’ for the aforementioned political party was never issued by our officials. We believe the statement made by Demirtas was product of incorrect information,” it said, adding that comments made or opinions expressed by adherents of Med-Zehra who are not in positions in authority do not concern Med-Zehra.
The group explained that Med-Zehra has always remained impartial towards political parties and its main aim has been following the path of Islam.
The group is mainly made up of citizens of Kurdish background and like the Gulen Movement is an offshoot of the Nur Movement which follows the teachings of religious scholar Said Nursi, although Med-Zehra is not itself affiliated with the Gulen Movement.