Pakistan declares FETÖ-linked body 'terror outfit'

Published 02.05.2019 01:08

The Pakistani government yesterday declared a Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ)-linked organization in the country a terror outfit.

FETÖ, an acronym for the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, orchestrated the failed 2016 coup bid in Turkey which martyred 251 people and injured nearly 2,200.

An official notification was released after the top court upheld its decision to declare the outfit as a terror group and rejected a review petition in the case.

"The federal government hereby orders Pak-Turk International CAG Education Foundation to be a proscribed organization," the notification by the Interior Ministry said.

In December, the top court had directed the government to freeze the bank accounts of FETÖ-linked foundations and give custody of their assets to Turkey's Maarif Foundation. Turkey established the Maarif Foundation in 2016 to take over the administration of overseas schools linked to FETÖ. All 28 schools affiliated with FETÖ have been handed over by Pakistani authorities to the Maarif Foundation. Ankara accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

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