Turkey — a country that loves to preach the world on what’s right and what isn’t, a country which in tandem with Pakistan — has kept the rhetorical fire on Kashmir alive at global platforms.
Up until now, New Delhi responded to Ankara’s adventurism keeping bilateral ties in mind. But this time, it pulled no punches.
On Monday, the UN Human Rights Council began its 46th session. The foreign ministers of each country took turns to speak — Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke about terrorism, the pandemic and vaccines, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke about democracy, peace and stability, and the Turkish foreign minister decided to score a self-goal — he spoke about Kashmir.
Mevlut Chavu-Shoglu tried to target India over the Kashmir issue. He claimed New Delhi was trampling on the rights of Kashmiris. But he made no mention of Pakistan’s state-sponsored terrorism in the region.
The Pakistani embassy in Turkey couldn’t be happier. It tweeted the Turkish foreign minister’s speech with the collusion evident. And India decided to hit back. Seema Pujani, India’s second secretary at the United Nations did not mince words.
She reminded Turkey of the UNSC resolution on Cyprus.
Turkey has occupied northern Cyprus since 1974. In 1984, the UNSC passed a resolution on transferring the area to United Nations administration.