Notwithstanding India’s objection, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday once again raked up the Kashmir issue, vowing that Ankara will support Pakistan’s stand as it is a matter of concern to both the countries.
Addressing a joint session of Pakistan’s Parliament, Erdogan, who arrived here on a two-day visit, voiced his country’s support to Pakistan’s stand on the Kashmir issue, saying it can be resolved not through conflict or oppression but on the basis of justice and fairness.
“Our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have suffered from inconveniences for decades and these sufferings have become graver due to unilateral steps taken in recent times,” Erdogan said, apparently referring to India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August last year.
“Today, the issue of Kashmir is as close to us as it is to you (Pakistanis).
“Such a solution (on the basis of justice and fairness) will serve the interests of all parties concerned. Turkey will continue to stand by justice, peace and dialogue in the resolution of the Kashmir issue,” the president said.
The Turkish President, in his address, likened the “struggle” of the Kashmiris with that of his country in World War I against foreign domination.
India criticised Erdogan’s comments on Kashmir and asked him not to interfere in its internal affairs.