Following Kashmir remarks, India warns Turkey against interfering in internal affairs

India on Saturday urged Turkey to not interfere in the internal affairs of the country following comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the disputed Kashmir region.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar reminded Turkish leadership of the threat of terrorism that emanates from Pakistan, The Hindu newspaper reported. 

“We call upon the Turkish leadership to not interfere in India’s internal affairs and develop proper understanding of the facts, including the grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan to India and the region,” Kumar said. 

The official’s remarks arrive a day after Erdoğan’s visit to Pakistan, where he compared the situation in Kashmir with the Gallipoli campaign of the World War II and expressed support for long-time ally Pakistan. 

The Indian government withdrew the autonomy of Kashmir last year in August, shutting down Internet access in the region and detained activists and politicians.

Erdoğan labelled India’s recent actions in Kashmir as “unilateral”. 

Turkey, along with Malaysia, has been a vocal critic of India’s policies in Kashmir with Erdoğan saying at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York in September that 8 million people were virtually under blockade in the region.