Decoding the Turkey-Pakistan alliance
Dr Yatharth Kachiar

Over the years, Turkey-Pakistan relations have stood the precarious nature of global politics as well as the turbulence of their domestic politics. Since its creation in 1947, Pakistan has received uncritical support of Turkey irrespective of who is dominating in Ankara- the Kemalist secular military elites or the current Islamist government. Often dubbed as “brother countries”, the affinity between these two nations stems from their common religious background and similar world-views. Since coming to power in 2001, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government in Turkey has put special emphasis on nurturing ties with Islamabad. In recent years, Turkey’s backing to Pakistan in Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and Kashmir issue has proved critical to Islamabad at the global platform. Historically, Turkey has supported Pakistan on Kashmir issue to the extent of providing material support in various wars vis-à-vis India.

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