Erdogan raises Kashmir issue in Pak Parliament, India says ‘don’t interfere’
India has rejected all references made by the Turkish President on Jammu and Kashmir, stating that the region is an integral and inalienable part of the country.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has 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. Reacting over the development, India has asked him not to interfere in its internal affairs
Erdogan’s comments came while he was addressing a joint session of Pakistan's Parliament on Friday. Pledging Turkey’s support to Pakistan's stand on the Kashmir issue, he said it can be resolved not through conflict or oppression but on the basis of justice and fairness.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Saturday said India rejects all references made by the Turkish President on Jammu and Kashmir, stating that the region is an integral and inalienable part of India.
The Turkish President, apparently referring to India’s revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August last year, said: "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.
"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 Turkish President, in his address, likened the "struggle" of the Kashmiris with that of his country in the World War I against foreign domination.
Drawing comparison with the battle of Gallipoli which was fought in Turkey between the Allied Powers and the Ottoman Empire in which over two lakh troops were killed on the both sides, Erdogan said "there is no difference between Gallipoli and Kashmir".
Reacting to Erdogan’s comments, the Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman said: "India rejects all references to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India.
"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.
The Turkish leader had raised the Kashmir issue in September also.
Consider Pakistan my second home: Erdogan
The Turkish leader said he considers Pakistan his “second home” thanking Pakistanis for their warm welcome during his two-day visit to the country.
This was the fourth time he addressed Pakistan’s Parliament in Islamabad, Dawn reported.
"I consider Pakistan my second home," he said. "Turkey stands with Pakistan and will continue to do so."
Erdogan thanked "his brother Imran" for taking action against militants and terrorists based in Pakistan.
Pakistan and Turkey signed 12 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) on Friday after a high-level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting of the two sides.
(With PTI inputs)