Islamabad: While welcoming Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s official visit to Pakistan senior vice chairman Jammu and Kashmir National Front (JKNF) Altaf Huassain Wani has expressed the optimism that the two major countries with great influence would work together for an early amicable settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute.
Altaf Hussain Wani hailed the support of Turkish president in his address during the parliament. The issue of Kashmir is as important to Turkey as it is to Pakistan, Turkey’s president said on Monday.
“The Kashmir problem can be solved not by conflict or oppression, but on the basis of justice and equity,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Pakistan’s National Assembly and Senate during his official visit to the country. His remarks come some seven months into a lockdown on Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian-administered section of the disputed Kashmir region, a move widely decried by human rights groups as well as the global Islamic community.
In his record fourth address to Pakistan’s parliament, Erdogan also addressed the situation in Idlib, northwestern Syria, saying that Turkey’s latest steps in the province’s de-escalation zone are meant to prevent the Assad regime from killing 4 million oppressed people using barrel bombs
In a press statement issued here on Friday the JKNF leader said, “The people of occupied Kashmir owe a debt of gratitude to brother country Turkey especially president Erdogan for his wholehearted support to the cause of Kashmir”. He said that Turkey is one of the countries that besides raising Kashmir issue at every international forum has strongly condemned India’s illegal occupation and the atrocities being inflicted upon the people of Kashmir by Indian forces.
Meanwhile, JKNF spokesman in a separate statement condemned the coldblooded murder of former Chief of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen, Abdul Ghani Dar alias Abdullah Ghazi, who was martyred in an attack by unknown persons in Srinagar.