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World

Web Desk
February 15, 2020

'Do not interfere in our internal affairs', India tells Turkey after Erdogan backs Pakistan on Kashmir

World

Web Desk
Sat, Feb 15, 2020
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: File

Indian spokesperson  of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar on Saturday  said   India rejected all references made by the Turkish president on Kashmir adding that the region was an integral and inalienable part of India, reported The  Hindu. 

The Indian spokesperson's comments came  after Turkish President  Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Ankara’s support for Islamabad’s stand on the occpupied Kashmir issue while addressing a joint session of the Parliament. 

"India rejects all references to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India," Kumar said. "We call upon the Turkish leadership not to interfere in India's internal affairs and develop a proper understanding of the facts, including the grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan to India and the region," he added.

Erdogan, while addressing a joint session of the Parliament on Friday, had said that Kashmir meant to Turkey exactly what it had meant to Pakistan over the years. "The relationship between Pakistan and Turkey will continue in the future as it has in the past," he said.

“Our Kashmiri brothers have been living under difficult circumstances over the years. The recent unilateral steps have further added to their woes and the situation was becoming alarming,” Erdogan said. He noted that depriving the Kashmiris of their freedom and usurping their rights was not in anybody’s interest.

The Turkish president further said that the resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute lied not in oppressive tactics, but warranted justice. “We feel for the Kashmiris the same way like the Muslims of this region felt for us during Khilafat Movement," he had said.

Tensions between the Pakistan and India have mounted in recent months following New Delhi’s move on August 5 last year to scrap the special status of Kashmir. The valley has been under a complete lockdown since then, with the government blocking communication access and imposing restrictions on movement to thwart any protests in the region.

Apart from Turkey, Malaysia has also been a vocal critic of New Delhi over its decision to revoke the special status of Kashmir.