Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for once again raising his voice regarding the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The premier released a message on social networking platform Twitter in this regard earlier today.
PM Imran, in an appreciation post after Erdogan’s speech, thanked him for Turkey’s unwavering support for Kashmiri people. PM Imran said he was grateful to the Turkish President for raising his voice for Kashmiri people who have faced severe rights violations at the hands of India after it unilaterally annexed the disputed territory on August 5, 2019.
PM Imran wrote: “Deeply appreciate President Erdogan once again raising his voice in support of the rights of the Kashmiri people during his address to UNGA. Turkey’s unwavering support remains a source of strength for the Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle for self determination.”
Deeply appreciate President Erdogan once again raising his voice in support of the rights of the Kashmiri people during his address to UNGA. Turkey’s unwavering support remains a source of strength for the Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle for self determination. pic.twitter.com/RIBJAIUpty
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 23, 2020
Pakistan has fully supported Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bold statement in the UN General Assembly on global issues, including Jammu and Kashmir.
Commenting on the Turkish President’s address to the UN General Assembly, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Munir Akram on his twitter handle said Pakistan also fully supports Erdogan’s call for declaring an international day against Islamophobia.
Erdogan raising his voice for Kashmir’s plight
In his address to the UN, Erdogan said that Kashmir is key to stability and peace in South Asia and remains “a burning issue”. “Steps taken following the abolition of the special status of [Indian-administered] Jammu and Kashmir further complicated the problem,” he added.
“We are in favor of solving this issue through dialogue, within the framework of United Nations resolutions and especially in line with the expectations of the people of Kashmir,” he added.
Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India in parts but claimed by Pakistan in full. A small sliver of the region is also controlled by China. Since they were partitioned in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars – in 1948, 1965, and 1971 – two of them over Kashmir.
Some Kashmiri groups have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with Pakistan. According to several human rights groups, thousands have been killed and tortured in the conflict that flared up in 1989.
On Aug. 5, 2019, the Indian government revoked Article 370 and other related provisions from its Constitution, scrapping the country’s only Muslim-majority state and its autonomy. It was also split into two federally administered territories.
Pakistan as a whole appreciates Erdogans principled stance
After the Premier Imran Khan, Shibli Faraz and Murad Saeed have taken to twitter as well to show support and appreciation for the Turkish President’s principled stance on the resolution of Kashmir.
Thank you President @RTErdogan .
— Murad Saeed (@MuradSaeedPTI) September 23, 2020
“Thank you President Erdogan @RTErdogan (his twitter handle). More muslim countries need to follow the precedence and take a stand for Kashmir,”Murad Saeed wrote in his appreciation post for President Erdogan.
انصاف اوراصولوں کی بنیاد پرتنازعہ جموں کشمیرکےحل کیلئے ایک بار پھر کھل کرحمایت کرنے پر ترک صدر کا شکریہ ادا کرتے ہیں ترکی کا کشمیریوں کےحق کیلئے آواز بلند کرنااس موقف کی جیت ہےکہ اقوام متحدہ سلامتی کونسل کی قراردادوں کے مطابق کشمیریوں کو انکاحق خود ارادیت دلوانے کاوعدہ پوراکرے۔
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) September 23, 2020
Shibli Faraz wrote his appreciation post for President Erdogan in urdu. He said, ” Thank you to Turkey’s President for reaffirming his support for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute on the basis of justice and principles.”
GVS News Desk with additional input from other sources