The President of Pakistan-administered Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan said, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has risen as a symbol of Islamic renaissance because of his firm stand on issues relating to the Muslim community.
On Friday In a speech Masood Khan said Ankara has emerged as a ‘center of hope’ for the Muslim world during a ceremony in Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Islamabad-controlled portion of Kashmir, also known as Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
He said the move would further strengthen the already strong bonds between Turkish and Kashmiri people as he thanked the Turkish government and the Turkish Council of Higher Education for facilitating quality higher education to Kashmiri students.
Appreciating Ankara’s longstanding ‘principled’ stand on the Kashmir issue, Khan said the boldness’ Erdogan demonstrated on the lingering dispute at every international forum, including at the UN General Assembly last year, has no ‘precedence.’
He noted Ankara’s assistance after a 2005 earthquake that killed more than 80,000 people, and aid after 2010 flash floods in Kashmir, and said Turkey has always helped Pakistan and the Kashmiri people in ‘every difficult hour.’
He invited Turkish investors to invest in agriculture, tourism and education sectors in Azad Kashmir.