Notwithstanding India’s conscience, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday raked the Kashmir problem in Pakistan Parliament, vowing that Ankara will encourage Pakistan’s stand. On an official visit to Pakistan, Mr. Erdogan stated that Turkey will back Pakistan in its efforts to emerge from this”gray list” of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
“I also wish to emphasise that we’ll give assistance to Pakistan that is subject to political pressure in the Financial Action Task Force meetings,” he explained on the approaching meeting of this anti-terror funding watchdog.
Voicing his nation’s aid to Pakistan’s stand on the Kashmir issue, he said it could be solved not through conflict or oppression however on the grounds of justice and equity.
“Our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have suffered from inconveniences for decades and those sufferings are very graver because of lingering steps taken lately,” Mr. Erdogan said, apparently referring to India revoking the distinctive status of Jammu and Kashmir in August this past year.
“Now, the problem of Kashmir is as near to people as it would be for you personally (Pakistanis).
“This type of solution (on the basis of justice and equity ) will serve the interests of all parties involved.
The Turkish President, in his speech, likened the”battle” of the Kashmiris with this of the country from the World War I against foreign domination.
compared to the struggle of Gallipoli that was scrapped in Turkey between the Allied Powers and the Ottoman Empire where over two lakh soldiers were murdered on both sides, Mr. Erdogan stated”that there is not any gap between Gallipoli and Kashmir”.
“Turkey will continue to raise its voice against the oppression,” he informed Pakistani lawmakers in his own speech to the National Assembly and Senate, which had been his album fourth speech to the Pakistani Parliament through recent years.
In September this past year, Erdogan increased the Kashmir issue through his speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
India rejects comments
Reacting to his own opinions from the UN, India said it”deeply regrets” the announcement of Turkey about the Kashmir problem, also called it an internal issue.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar called upon Turkey to have a suitable comprehension of the situation in Kashmir prior to making additional comments.
India has always claimed that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part and ruled out any third party mediation, such as from the UN or the US, stating it’s a bilateral problem with Pakistan.
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