ANKARA - Turkey has reaffirmed its traditional and strong support for the cause of the people of Held Jammu and Kashmir.

On the first day of their visit to Turkey, Prime Minister’s Special Envoys, Muhammad Pervez Malik and Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, met a cross-section of the Turkish Parliamentary leadership, media, civil society and think-tanks to apprise them of the gross and systematic violations of human rights being perpetrated by the security forces in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

The Special Envoys called on the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Ismail Kahraman, and briefed him in detail about the atrocities being committed against the defenseless Kashmiri people demanding their legitimate and inalienable right to self-determination.

They highlighted that the death of the young Kashmiri leader, Burhan Wani, had re-ignited an intense phase of the popular uprising in the Held Kashmir, also being characterised as the Kashmiri Intifada.

Drawing attention towards the use of arbitrary force, live ammunition and pellet-guns by the occupying forces to quell the recent peaceful protests in Held Kashmir the envoys underlined the need for an urgent and meaningful intervention by the international community to bring an end to the brutalisation of the Kashmiri people; conduct a fair, independent and transparent inquiry under the UN auspices to hold the perpetrators of these heinous acts responsible; and, above all, ensure the realisation of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

The Special Envoys also briefed the Speaker of the TGNA on the latest security situation in the region, including escalation of tensions through highly provocative rhetoric and incessant violations of the Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian side, in order to divert international attention from the grave human rights situation in Held Kashmir.

The Envoys thanked Turkey for its principled position on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute and its consistent support for the Kashmiri people.

Lauding Turkey’s active role in the OIC Contact Group on Jammu & Kashmir, the Special Envoys underlined the high importance of its proposal to send an OIC Fact Finding Mission to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Special Envoys expressed the confidence that this strong support by the Turkish government and people would continue until a just and lasting solution of Held Kashmir was found.

Extending a warm welcome to the Envoys, the Speaker Ismail Kahraman underlined the unique and unprecedented cordial relationship between Pakistan and Turkey and thanked Pakistan and its people for their strong support and solidarity for Turkey against the attempted coup of July 15 2016; reiterated support for Pakistan in its fight against terrorism; and underlined that Pakistan and Turkey had always supported each other on their respective national causes, i.e. Kashmir and Cyprus.

The TGNA Speaker thanked the Envoys for the detailed briefing on the situation in Occupied Kashmir and stated that the recent developments were being followed closely.

Turkey was concerned at the unresolved nature of the Kashmir dispute as it negatively impacted peace and stability in the region, besides undermining prospects for the well-being and development of its people.

In the current phase, Turkey had called for restraint and use of peaceful means to resolve the Kashmir dispute. He reaffirmed Turkey’s consistent support for a negotiated solution within the framework of relevant UN resolutions and taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Separately, the Special Envoys met with the Chairman of Pakistan-Turkey Parliamentary Friendship Group; visited the prominent Turkish think-tank, Economic and Social Research Center (ESAM); and interacted with prominent media outlets.

The Special Envoys emphasised that Pakistan expected the international community to fulfil its moral responsibility towards the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by calling for an immediate end to such reprehensible actions and by ensuring that the people of Jammu & Kashmir exercised their inalienable right to self-determination in line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The Turkish interlocutors reiterated their grave concern over the prevailing situation, affirmed their solidarity with the Kashmiri people during this difficult hour, and reiterated their commitment to support their cause every where, and at all platforms.