ISLAMABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir believe in a peaceful solution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) resolution and with the support of its friends like Turkey who can talk to India and persuade it to come to the negotiation table.
He said this during a meeting with the newly appointed Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, who called on AJK president to discuss matters of mutual interest.
AJK president paid tribute to Turkey saying that it inherits a rich history of Muslim civilization. Today, he said, Turkey’s initiatives connected the continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa through new diplomatic junctions and concourses. Turkey was emerging as a symbol of Islamic community’s glory and unity, as well as a great force of peace and sagacity at the international level, he added.
He conveyed his gratitude to the Turkish ambassador for Turkey’s steadfast support to the Kashmir cause in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir and at the United Nations (UN).
Sardar Masood Khan said that Turkey and AJK enjoyed a new affinity. After the 2005 earthquake, our Turkish brothers helped us reconstruct the dilapidated cities of AJK and it was only because of their help that Muzaffarabad now had a distinct Turkish imprint and architecture, he added.
AJK president expressed his satisfaction over the growing educational ties between AJK and Turkey because of which students and faculty were enrolling in Turkish universities and Turkish language courses were being promoted in the University of AJK. He also invited the Turkish envoy to Muzaffarabad to inaugurate Turkish language courses.
Sardar Masood Khan thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for raising the issue of Kashmir during his historic address to the joint session of the Parliament in Islamabad and for taking up the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the former’s visit to India.
Ambassador Yurdakul expressed his pleasure on assuming his new assignment and said that he would use his position to promote the already close and cordial diplomatic relations between Pakistan, Turkey and AJK, particularly in the spheres of economic and cultural ties.
The ambassador said that Turkey strongly believed that initiatives should be taken to resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue and diplomacy. Turkish President Erdogan, he said, believes that the international community must help the people of the Indian occupied Kashmir to get them out of their unending plight and their human rights must be respected under all circumstances.