“Today Kashmir issue is as close to us as it is to Pakistan”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his country’s for Pakistan and its stance on the Kashmir issue.

“Events that happened a hundred of years ago in Çanakkale in Turkey are being repeated in Kashmir and Turkey will continue to raise its voice on the oppression.

“We can never forget the support of the Muslims of the subcontinent during those times.

Quoting a poem by poet Allama Iqbal, Erdogan said: “Yes, like the poet of Lahore, people were drowning in these emotions, people of Pakistan had supported Turkey.

“We can never forget this.”

“Today, the issue of Kashmir is as close to us as it is to you [Pakistanis],” he said, reiterating his support for Kashmiris.
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.

“The Kashmir issue can be resolved not through conflict but through justice and fairness. Such a solution will be in the interest of all parties. Turkey will continue to stand by justice, peace and dialogue.”

(with inputs from Dawn)

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