The future of Turkish-Pakistani relations after the departure of “Imran Khan”

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With the dismissal of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Pakistan and the political crisis in the country, questions are being raised as to the impact of this on the future of Turkish-Pakistani relations and Ankara’s view on what happened in Islamabad.

Relations between Turkey and Pakistan have developed in recent years, during which the signing of several agreements and understandings between the two countries, especially in the military field, has resulted in a “strategic alliance” between them.

Pakistan’s parliament has elected former opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif as the country’s new prime minister, after a no-confidence vote against former prime minister Imran Khan, according to the ‘Arabi 21’ website.

Immediately after Shahbaz Sharif’s appointment, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan phoned him to congratulate him on his election to the post by parliament.

Although Imran Khan considered what happened to be a foreign conspiracy against him, Erdogan confirmed to ‘Shahbaz’. The people of Pakistan have demonstrated once again that they will not abandon democracy and the rule of law despite all the difficulties and obstacles they face.

Shahbaz Sharif tends to improve lukewarm relations with the United States, and tends to develop relations with China and Turkey.

It is known that Shahbaz Sharif, when he was the former Prime Minister of Punjab, closed all the schools of the “Gülen Organization”, which Turkey blames for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

In his first speech after his appointment as head of the country’s new government, Shahbaz said his country and Turkey are bound by “inextricable ties”, noting that he “has always stood with Pakistan and the people of Cashmere”.

Pakistani political and international affairs expert Muhammad Mahdi stressed that Pakistan-Turkey relations will not change with the change of government in Islamabad, and are good all the time.

Speaking to Arabi21, Mahdi explained that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the first foreign leader to call Shahbaz Sharif to congratulate him on taking office on the Kashmir issue.

He pointed out that Shahbaz, when he was Prime Minister of Punjab, invited the President of Turkey to the state, amidst a welcome, noting that there are family relations between Sharif’s family and the family. of Erdogan.

He noted that Turkey had made significant investments in Pakistan during the time of Nawaz Sharif, so the solid relations between the two countries will be stronger in the future.

Turkish expert and researcher at TRT World, Yusef Erim, explained that the Turkish rapprochement with Pakistan was not limited only during the reign of Imran Khan, explaining that the relations between the two countries were strong before.

In his interview with Arabi21, Erim explained that “Turkey has a very broad and comprehensive relationship not only with the government of Pakistan, but also with its institutions and its people, a relationship that has deep historical, cultural, values and common interests”. .”

He stressed that Turkey does not interfere in Pakistan’s internal affairs and works closely with those who represent the will of the Pakistani people, and that the depth of relations between Ankara and Islamabad is greater than that with personalities. and political parties, because it is a relationship that can flourish despite changes at the head of the country.

He believed that during Imran Khan’s reign, relations had been exploited and expanded in recent years, and this trend would continue regardless of who represented the country.

Turkish writer Taha Dagli in an article on the “HABER7” channel explained that relations in the time of Imran Khan did not have any problems, but were good, and it is not fair to consider that good relations only started during his reign.

He added that Turkish-Pakistani relations during the time of Nawaz Sharif were more productive, and now came Shahbaz Sharif, who visited Turkey when he was governor of Punjab, and he always praised of “Turkey – Erdogan”.

He pointed out that there is an unchanging truth about the relations between the two countries, “Pakistan is Turkey’s permanent brother”.

Despite Turkey’s official welcome, Turkish analysts close to the Turkish government described what happened as a “parliamentary coup”, comparing what happened to previous events in Turkey.

Turkish writer Salah al-Din Shakir Gul, in a report on the “Star” newspaper, said that in the third year of his reign he had accepted Imran Khan after the vote of no confidence, with a blow of parliamentary state organized by a “loyal opposition” openly encouraged by US imperialism.

He added that the political games taking place in Pakistan are not foreign to Turkey, recalling for example what happened with Turkish President Abdullah Gül in 2007, when he said that 367 MPs had to be met. in Parliament to give him the presidency, and the Constitutional Court approved the condition of deputy 367 A after the pressure of the hotspots of the conspiracy, which can be called the Armed Forces Party.

Turkish writer Salih Tuna, in a report for the newspaper “Sabah”, said that Turkey and Pakistan had suffered many coups in the past, while platforms of death were set up in the two countries.

He added that after the 1960s revolution, Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes was executed, and also in Pakistan, Zia al-Haq carried out a coup in 1977, and President and Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were executed in 1979, and this execution had a great resonance in Turkey.

He added that the two countries have always supported each other over the years and that Pakistan has stood with Turkey on “Karabakh” and “Cyprus” issues.

Over the years, he added, governments with differing political views have succeeded and “strong” relationships remain.

He felt that with the recent political events in Pakistan, relations between the two countries will continue, but “the big spoilsport continues to operate”.

He explained that the United States has long been obsessed with Turkey and Pakistan, and that the main reason is that the two countries do not act according to “orders and positions” of the United States.

For example, Imran Khan refused the request of the United States to establish a military base, and despite American threats, Turkey bought the Russian “S-400” system, and the two countries did not comply with the sanctions Western laws imposed on Moscow.

He noted that during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Imran Khan visited Moscow and met with President Vladimir Putin, and signed many trade agreements.

He added that the United States had punished Turkey by removing it from the “F-35” program and confiscating around $1.5 billion, and so had Pakistan, which had sent him a message through the intermediary of Islamabad’s ambassador to Washington saying: “Pakistan will be pardoned if Imran Khan leaves, otherwise there will be consequences”.

The Turkish writer pointed out that the United States is trying to interfere in the internal affairs of both countries, and the tool for this is an opposition designed there.

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