New Delhi: India on Saturday criticized Turkish President Rajab Tayyab Erdogan’s comments on Kashmir and asked him not to interfere in India’s internal affairs. Rejecting all the quotes given by the Turkish President regarding Jammu and Kashmir, India asked the Turkish leadership to “develop a sound understanding of facts, including the threat of terrorism from Pakistan”.
In an address at Pakistan’s Parliament on Friday, Rajab Tayyib Erdogan compared “the struggle of Kashmiri people with that of fight by Turkish people against foreign domination during the World War I”. “Our Kashmiri sisters and brothers have suffered from inconveniences for decades and these sufferings have become graver due to unilateral steps taken in recent times,” RTE said, apparently referring to India revoking the special status of J&K in August last year.
The Turkish President RTE, in his address, likened the “struggle” of the Kashmiris with that of his country in the World War I against foreign domination.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in reference to RTE’s comments on J&K said, “India rejects all references to J&K, which is an integral and inalienable part of India.” “We call upon the Turkish leadership not to interfere in India’s internal affairs and develop a proper understanding of the facts, including the grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan to India and the region,” he said.