India slams Erdogan’s comments on Kashmir

Clay Curtis
February 16, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his address to a joint sitting of parliament on Friday, emphasised that the Kashmir dispute can not be solved through oppression and conflict, but through dialogue on a just and equitable basis. "It is my pleasure to speak to you".

"Turkey will continue supporting Pakistan in its fight against terrorism", he added. Members of PM Imran's cabinet as well as ministers accompanying the Turkish president participated in the meeting.

"On the behalf of the people of Pakistan, I would like to thank President Erdogan for raising his voice for the people of Occupied Kashmir who are living under complete siege and braving oppression of Indian forces", said the premier while addressing a joint press conference with the Turkish president in Islamabad.

While quoting a poem by poet Allama Iqbal, Erdogan said: "Yes, like the poet of Lahore, people were drowning in these emotions, people of Pakistan had supported Turkey".

Earlier on arrival of President Erdogan in the House, a noticeable jam-packed parliament gave him a standing ovation and thumped desks as a welcome gesture.

President Erdogan said Pakistan is heading in the right direction in its journey towards development and mentioned that the tough road to prosperity requires determination, faith and struggle as main ingredients. We feel at home. Our friendship is not based on vested interests but on love.

On Pakistan's improvement in the "Ease of Doing Business" rankings, Erdoğan said: "The country is taking important steps in facilitating the business environment under the leadership of my brother, [Prime Minister] Imran".

Don't Interfere, Says India After Turkey President Speaks On J&K In Pak

The FATF says Pakistan should adequately identify, assess and understand risks associated with militant groups operating in Pakistan such as Islamic State group, al-Qaeda, Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which continue to raise funds openly.

Erdogan lauded Pakistan's efforts for resumption of peace in Afghanistan with an objective of regional stability.

"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 a year ago.

"The strategic economic framework and action plan texts we will sign today will cover a wide range of industries from trade to infrastructure [.] and constitute a road map for us", he said. "The plan of the "deal of the century" is not a peace project but in fact, a project for occupation".

"Speaking about the available opportunities for the businessmen of both countries, Erdogan said" I wish that we will open new avenues for a business that will boost up business and economic ties between Pakistan and Turkey equally".

He also invited Pakistani investors to invest in Turkey. Undoubtedly, economic development can not be achieved within a single day.

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