New statement from top Turkish leader over Kashmir and Pakistan makes entire nation proud of Turkey

New statement from top Turkish leader over Kashmir and Pakistan makes entire nation proud of Turkey

ANKARA - Turkey sees standing by Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir as its duty, the Turkish parliament speaker said Tuesday.

Speaking at the opening of the parliament's third legislative session of the year in the capital Ankara, Mustafa Sentop said: "Our nation has not forgotten the friendship of Indian Muslims," referring to Indian assistance to the Turkish War of Independence.

Jammu and Kashmir has been facing a clampdown since Aug. 5, when the Indian government revoked Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which conferred it a special status.

Hundreds of people, mostly political leaders, have been detained or arrested by authorities since the Indian government made the move.

India and Pakistan hold Kashmir in parts and claim it in full. China also controls part of the contested region, but it is India and Pakistan who have fought two wars over Kashmir.