PM Imran Khan Appreciates President Erdogan for Extending Support on Kashmir Issue at UNGA

On Tuesday, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan is a ‘burning issue’ which needs to be resolved through dialogue.

Erdogan declared the Kashmir issue to be the key to stability and peace in the South Asian region. Referring to August 5, 2019, the day India made a move and unilaterally annexed the disputed territory; Erdogan said this step to rob Kashmir off its special status has further complicated the issue.

Clarifying Turkey’s stance on the issue, Tayyip said they are in favor of solving the issue via dialogue if it is carried out within the framework of the United Nations resolutions and in accordance with the expectations of the people of Kashmir.

Kashmir issue has been on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council. Almost 11 resolutions have been adopted by the Council since 1948 which calls for an impartial referendum to determine the wishes of the people of Kashmir.

Responding to the speech made by the Turkish President, Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Wednesday, lauded him for once again extending his support for the rights of the Kashmiri people in his address.

The premier in his tweet applauded the unwavering support Turkey has been giving to raising the Kashmir issue at different platforms and called it a source of support for the people of Kashmir in their struggle for self-determination.

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while addressing to the 75th General Assembly on Monday evening said that the United Nations is now being derided across the globe as the ‘talk shop’ which cannot implement its own resolutions.

While addressing delegates at the UN headquarters in New York, the top Pakistani diplomat said that Jammu & Kashmir & Palestine disputes are Organization’s most obvious and age-old failures.

But the General Secretary António Guterres said to the inaugural meeting that the UN was only as strong as its associates’ commitment to its principles and each other.

While the newly appointed UNGA president Volkan Bozkir said that the new UN must be able to respond to the new daily challenges.

The declaration accepted by 193 member nations praised the UN for being the only organization that has the power to bring countries together and is hope to many.

However, Qureshi was of a different view. He warned that the very forces that were the reason behind the Second World War, fascism, and racism are now taking the form of xenophobia and Islamophobia. Kashmiris are still awaiting the implementation of the promises that were once made to them by the United Nations regarding their self-determination, said the Foreign Minister.