Turkey stands with Pakistan in Kashmir Cause: Turkish Assembly Speaker

Turkey stands with Pakistan in Kashmir Cause: Turkish Assembly Speaker

ISLAMABAD, Oct 11 (APP): Turkey has reaffirmed its traditional and strong support for the cause of the people of Jammu and Kashmir expressing concerns over the unresolved nature of the Kashmir dispute that had negatively impacted peace and stability in the region.

Turkish leadership reiterated its support during interaction with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Special Envoys Muhammad Pervez Malik and Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha who met a cross-section of the Turkish parliamentary leadership, media, civil society and think- tanks, said a press release on Tuesday.

The envoys apprised them of the gross and systematic violations of human rights being perpetrated by the security forces in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The special envoys called on Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Ismail Kahraman, and briefed him in detail about the atrocities being committed against the defenseless Kashmiri people demanding their legitimate and inalienable right to self-determination.

They highlighted that the death of the young Kashmiri leader, Burhan Wani, had re-ignited an intense phase of the popular uprising in the IOK, also being characterized as the Kashmiri Intifada.

Drawing attention towards the use of arbitrary force, live ammunition and pellet guns by the occupying forces to quell the recent peaceful protests in IOK, the envoys underlined the need for an urgent and meaningful intervention by the international community to bring an end to the brutalization of the Kashmiri people; conduct a fair, independent and transparent inquiry under the UN auspices to hold the perpetrators of these heinous acts responsible.

Above all, the envoys called for a need to ensure the

realization of the right to self-determination of the people of

Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with UN Security Council

resolutions, and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

The special envoys also briefed the Speaker of the TGNA on the

latest security situation in the region, including escalation of

tensions through highly provocative rhetoric and incessant

violations of the Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian side, in order

to divert international attention from the grave human rights

situation in the IOK.

They thanked Turkey for its principled position on the Jammu

and Kashmir dispute and its consistent support for the Kashmiri


Lauding Turkey's active role in the OIC Contact Group on Jammu

and Kashmir, the envoys underlined the high importance of its

proposal to send an OIC fact finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir.

Extending a warm welcome to the envoys, Speaker Ismail

Kahraman underlined the unique and unprecedentedly cordial

relationship between Pakistan and Turkey and thanked Pakistan and

its people for their strong support and solidarity for Turkey

against the attempted coup of 15 July 2016.

He reiterated support for Pakistan in its fight against

terrorism and underlined that Pakistan and Turkey had always

supported each other on their respective national causes, i.e.

Kashmir and Cyprus.

The TGNA speaker thanked the envoys for the detailed briefing

on the situation in Occupied Kashmir and stated that the recent

developments were being followed closely.

Turkey was concerned at the unresolved nature of the Kashmir

dispute as it negatively impacted peace and stability in the region,

besides undermining prospects for the well-being and development of

its people.

In the current phase, Turkey had called for restraint and use

of peaceful means to resolve the Kashmir dispute and reaffirmed

Turkey's consistent support for a negotiated solution within the

framework of relevant UN resolutions and taking into account the

legitimate aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

The special envoys met with the Chairman of Pakistan-Turkey

Parliamentary Friendship Group and visited the prominent Turkish

think-tank, Economic and Social Research Center (ESAM) besides

interacting with prominent media outlets.

During these engagements, the special envoys informed their

respective interlocutors that more than 110 innocent Kashmiri

protestors had so far lost their lives, and another 12,000 injured

since 8 July 2016 as a result of unbridled use of force by the

occupying forces. Over 150 - primarily among Kashmiri youth - had

been blinded permanently, while the eyesight of over 700 had been

seriously affected.

They emphasized that Pakistan expected the international

community to fulfill its moral responsibility towards the people of

Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by calling for an immediate end to such

reprehensible actions, and by ensuring that the people of Jammu and

Kashmir exercised their inalienable right to self-determination in

line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

They also called on the media representatives to highlight the

unprecedented brutality of the security forces in IOK, especially

through the use of pellet guns, that had permanently blinded and

crippled a large number of Kashmiris, predominantly women and


The Turkish interlocutors reiterated their grave concern over

the prevailing situation, affirmed their solidarity with the

Kashmiri people during this difficult hour, and reiterated their

commitment to support their cause every where, and at all platforms.