This week, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will travel to Pakistan to address the joint sitting of the country's parliament for a record fourth time. Erdoğan is expected to arrive in Islamabad on Feb. 13 for a two-day visit. Pakistani officials, including Asad Qaisar, speaker of the National Assembly, have expressed delight about Erdoğan's visit. Qaisar said he would consult with parliamentary leaders from all political parties with respect to Erdoğan's visit and pledged that all members of the house would be present at the National Assembly joint session.
This joy does not go without reason. In fact, there are plenty of them. On top of the long-established brotherhood between the two nations, Pakistan has been let down by its traditional allies during the recent crisis in Kashmir, which has been transformed into a veritable prison in a look that seems to be a throwback to 1951.
During those dark times, Indian socialists claiming they were implementing land reform and mass education campaigns that necessitated heavy censorship on newspapers and a blanket silencing of all Muslim radios. In fact, then-Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru turned Kashmir into a prison. The Indian government revoked agreements and laws that provided the basis for the rights enjoyed by Muslims in Jammu, the Indian-administered part of Kashmir. Last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised a "New Kashmir," but he has actually choked the life out of it with his continued and increasing restrictions. His recent move was to deny internet connection to Muslims in the region, claiming that "Islamic mobs were organizing demonstrations on social platforms."
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