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Turkish President sends clear message to India on Kashmir issue

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Turkey, a close ally of Pakistan, has made a firm stance on the Kashmir issue and encouraged the need to send a fact finding mission to the valley in order to assess the situation. President Erdogan assured Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif full support under all conditions and reaffirmed the fact that both the countries share a strong relationship.

We are close friends, said Erdogan

Erdogan revealed the position during his meeting with the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly session being held in New York. Both further shared their views on the recent developments in Kashmir, Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Nawaz also congratulated the Turkish Prime Minister on the successful handling of the attempted coup in Turkey.

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Sartaj Aziz, advisor to the Prime Minister on foreign Affairs and Tariq Fatemi, special advisor to the Prime Minister also accompanied Nawaz Sharif during the meeting. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his gratitude to the Turkish President over the unconditional support.

Pakistan has strongly condemned the attacks in the occupied valley of Kashmir by India and even raised voice in the United Nations. A demand has been put forward by Pakistan to send a team of experts in order to probe the alleged human right violations taking place in Kashmir.

Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of Kashmir amongst the leaders of UK, USA and Japan and urged for their positive intervention in order to resolve the issue and answer the plight of Kashmiris. He met the Japanese and Turkish leaders on Tuesday. He briefed the Japanese leader about the grave situation in Kashmir, according to a tweet made by Maliha Lodhi, the Prime Minister even highlighted some of the former UN resolutions passed upon this issue.

Earlier Pakistani Prime Minister also met the Huriyat leaders from occupied Kashmir region and assured that he would emphatically highlight Kashmir’s case in the United Nations General Assembly.

Apart from Turkey, other countries including China has lend support to Pakistan over the issue of Kashmir. China hoped that the International community attains a better understanding of Pakistan’s position and displays more attention towards the issue of Kashmir.

According to a report published in The Guardian, this spell has been the worst outbreak of violence in the valley in six years. The disabling of internet and mobile service have not yet succeeded in curbing the violent streak. Rail services and school examinations have also been cancelled and the valley is at a standstill.

The recent episode of violence was initiated after the killing of young leader Burhan Wani, a commander of Kashmir’s latest rebel group. Independence supporters headed towards the streets after the demise of Wani and up till now hundreds have been killed or handicapped by the hands of Indian forces.

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Pakistani Prime Minister also recognized Burhan Wani in his speech in the United Nations as Kashmir remained the focal point of his speech and stressed that peace cannot be established if these injustices and atrocities prevail in the valley of Kashmir.