Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed fresh support for Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue, according to a tweet by the office of Pakistan’s president. The move, just days ahead of the completion of one year of the removal of Kashmir’s special status (on August 5), is seen strengthening the Turkey-Pakistan alliance in the Islamic world.
ET has learnt that Erdogan held extensive talks with both Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi on the occasion of EiD. Kashmir and Erdogan’s support for Pakistan’s narrative on the Indian Union Territory figured prominently during the phone calls, sources said.
Islamabad wants to “commemorate” August 5–the day the Narendra Modi government scrapped Article 370–as Yaum-i-Istehsal (Day of Exploitation).