India further Complicated Kashmir issue, says Turkey’s Foreign minister.
It is a well-known fact about Turkey’s support to Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. On Wednesday Turkey’s Foreign minister criticized India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in August last year, asserting that it did not contribute to peace and stability in the region.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government in Ankara said, “India had further complicated the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and not served peace and stability in the region”.
On the other hand, India is not surprised by this statement from Turkey. In the past, Erdoğan has gone out and supported Pakistan’s narrative on the Kashmir issue.
But this isn’t all that Ankara has been doing. An intelligence report on the role played by fronts for the Turkish government last month accused Ankara of efforts to radicalize Indian Muslims and recruit fundamentalists. Turkey had emerged as “the hub of anti-India activities” next only to Pakistan.
A second report handed over to national security planners over the past week said fronts for the Turkish government or the outfits it supports – some of them directly linked to Erdogan and his family – appeared to have made deeper inroads in India than assessed earlier. Much of this effort is directed via three sectors: Turkish state media, educational institutes, and the nonprofit sector, or NGOs.
The intelligence report said that “Turkey has been providing lucrative scholarships and running exchange programs for Indian Kashmiri and Muslim students to study in Turkey through state-sponsored NGOs. Once the students land in Turkey, they are approached and taken over by the Pakistan proxies operating there”.