Turkey expresses solidarity with Pakistan on Kashmir


Observer Report

Islamabad—Turkey has expressed complete support for Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, on Tuesday.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, who was representing Pakistan at a World Energy Council (WEC) meeting in Istanbul, met with and apprised Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim about the human rights violations by Indian forces in held Kashmir. The Turkish prime minister expressed solidarity with Pakistan.
The defence minister also held meetings with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoðan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the WEC meeting.
The prime minister’s special envoys, Muhammad Pervez Malik and Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha also called on the Turkish Grand National Assembly Speaker Ismail Kahraman and briefed him on the atrocities being committed against Kashmiris in India-held Kashmir.
Additionally, the envoys apprised Kahraman about the latest security situation in the region, including escalation of tensions along the Line of Control.
Kahraman reaffirmed Turkey’s consistent support for a negotiated solution of Kashmir within the framework of relevant United Nations resolutions, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
The special envoys also met with the chairman of the Pakistan-Turkey Parliamentary Friendship Group and interacted with prominent media outlets, according to the report.
The Turkish officials reiterated their grave concern over the prevailing situation in India-held Kashmir and affirmed their solidarity with the Kashmiri people, reiterating their commitment to the cause of the Kashmiri people.
Meanwhile, on the first day of their visit to Turkey, Prime Minister’s Special Envoys, Muhammad Pervez Malik and Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, met a cross-section of the Turkish parliamentary leader-ship, media, civil society and think-tanks to apprise them of the gross and systematic violations of hu-man rights being perpetrated by the security forces in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOK).
The Special Envoys called on the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Ismail Kahraman, and briefed him in detail about the atrocities being committed against the defenseless Kashmiri people — demanding their legitimate and inalienable right to self-determination. They high-lighted that the death of the young Kashmiri leader, Burhan Wani, had re-ignited an intense phase of the popular uprising in the IOK, also being character-ized as the Kashmiri Intifada.
Drawing attention towards the use of arbitrary force, live ammunition and pellet-guns by the occu-pying forces to quell the recent peaceful protests in IOK, the Envoys underlined the need for an urgent and meaningful intervention by the international community to bring an end to the brutalization of the Kashmiri people; conduct a fair, independent and transparent inquiry under the UN auspices to hold the perpetrators of these heinous acts responsi-ble; and, above all, ensure the realization of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
The Special Envoys also briefed the Speaker of the TGNA on the latest security situation in the region, including escalation of tensions through highly provocative rhetoric and incessant violations of the Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian side, in order to divert international attention from the grave human rights situation in the IOK.
The Envoys thanked Turkey for its principled position on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute and its consistent support for the Kashmiri people. Lauding Turkey’s active role in the OIC Contact Group on Jammu & Kashmir, the Special Envoys underlined the high importance of its proposal to send an OIC Fact Finding Mission to Jammu and Kashmir. The Special Envoys expressed the confidence that this strong support by the Turkish government and peo-ple would continue until a just and lasting solution of Kashmir was found.
Extending a warm welcome to the Envoys, the Honourable Speaker Ismail Kahraman underlined the unique and unprecedentedly cordial relationship between Pakistan and Turkey; thanked Pakistan and its people for their strong support and solidarity for Turkey against the attempted coup of 15 July 2016; reiterated support for Pakistan in its fight against terrorism; and underlined that Pakistan and Turkey had always supported each other on their respective national causes, i.e. Kashmir and Cyprus.
The TGNA Speaker thanked the Envoys for the detailed briefing on the situation in Occupied Kashmir and stated that the recent developments were being followed closely. Turkey was concerned at the unresolved nature of the Kashmir dispute as it negatively impacted peace and stability in the re-gion, besides undermining prospects for the well-being and development of its people.