Don’t meddle on J&K, India to Erdogan
After Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again raked up Kashmir — this time on Pakistani soil — India on Saturday ticked off Ankara by saying it should “develop proper understanding of the facts” and stop interfering in India’s internal affairs.
“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,” foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to questions after a reference to Kashmir featured in the Turkey-Pakistan joint statement and Erdogan referred to the situation in his address to the Pakistani parliament.
An entire paragraph in the joint declaration at the end of the sixth session of the Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council was devoted 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.”
In his address to the joint sitting of the National Assembly and Senate, Erdogan said Turkey would support Pakistan in the plenary of the Financial Action Task Force— beginning on Sunday — and asserted that India’s decision in Jammu and Kashmir in recent months had aggravated the situation. Pakistan is facing possible blacklisting by the FATF for terror financing.
The Turkish President had also spoken out against the abrogation of the provisions in Article 370 that granted Jammu and Kashmir its special status during his intervention at the UN last year.
While India has been quick to respond when countries like Turkey and Malaysia have criticised New Delhi on its Kashmir policy, the Indian response has been more measured when reactions have come from the US or China.