India asks Erdogan not to interfere in its internal affairs
NEW DELHI, Feb 15 (DNA): After the Turkish president’s visit to Pakistan
led to Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterating his opposition to India’s steps
in Kashmir, New Delhi on Saturday stated that Turkey should “develop
proper understanding of the facts” and stop interfering in internal
affairs of other countries.
In a statement issued on Saturday morning, the spokesperson of the
Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar dismissed the remarks
on Kashmir made during the visit of the Turkish president to Islamabad.
“India rejects all references to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral
and inalienable part of India. We call upon the Turkish leadership to
not interfere in India’s internal affairs and develop proper
understanding of the facts, including the grave threat posed by
terrorism emanating from Pakistan to India and the region,” the External
Affairs Ministry’s spokesman was quoted by Indian media as saying.
“We call upon the Turkish leadership to not interfere in India’s
internal affairs and develop proper understanding of the facts,
including the grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan to
India and the region,” Raveesh Kumar said.
The Indian external affairs ministry claimed that the Jammu and Kashmir
is an ‘integral and inalienable part’ of New Delhi.
It called upon the Turkish president to develop proper understanding of
the facts including the ‘grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from
Pakistan to India and the region’.
The Indian external affairs ministry dismissed the Erdogan’s references
he made during his recent visit to Pakistan.
“This is not the first time that the Turkish president has commented on
Kashmir – followed by a response from India,” the statement said.
During Erdogan’s visit to Islamabad, a joint declaration of the
Pakistan-Turkey high-level strategic cooperation council made a specific
reference to Kashmir.
“The two sides underscored need for resolution of all outstanding
disputes between Pakistan and India, including the core issue of Jammu
and Kashmir through a sustained dialogue process and in accordance with
the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. In this regard, Pakistan
expresses its deep appreciation for Turkey’s principled stance on the
issue as well as its offer for mediation,” it stated.
In his speech to the joint sitting of the Pakistani parliament, Erdogan
had asserted that sufferings of Kashmiris had been aggravated by India’s
steps taken in recent months, referring to the removal of constitutional
autonomy and restrictions on communications. “This approach, which
aggravates the current situation and revokes the freedom and … rights of
the Kashmiri people, does not bring any benefit to anyone,” said the
He also announced that Turkey would support Pakistan at the Financial
Action Task Force (FATF) to help it avoid further strictures on terror
financing. The plenary meeting of the money laundering watchdog FATF
will be held soon which will decide if Pakistan has overseen enough
reforms to avoid being ‘blacklisted’.
“We will continue to stand by Pakistan in the future, as we did in the
past. In this context, I would like to emphasise that we will support
Pakistan that may face political pressure at the Financial Action Task
Force (FATF) meetings which is a current issue. The brotherhood law in
Islam requires sharing agitations and being involved in them besides
supporting the fellow believers. Short-term interests, daily reckonings
cannot hinder our everlasting and eternal brotherhood,” he said.
He asserted that Turkey “endeavours to eliminate the differences between
the Ummah, to find a solution to the disputes and to claim our righteous
causes, especially Palestine, Cyprus and Kashmir”. DNA
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