REJUVENATING PAK TURK TIES AN APPRAISAL
Keywords:Islamophobia, Counter-terrorism, Military Cooperation, Trade, kashmir, Afghanistan
Every nation state strives to protect its interests through its external relations with other states. Pakistan and Turkey have traditionally enjoyed cordial relations embedded in shared history, religion, cultural linkages as well as political interests. Both have taken up common causes and stood by each other in their trying times. Over recent years, both are forging closer ties to strengthen economic, diplomatic and defence cooperation. They have expressed deep concerns over rising Islamophobia and boosted counter terrorism collaboration. They have also strongly supported the struggling people of Kashmir and Palestine and made efforts to resolve Afghan and Syrian crises. The article examines the dynamics of growing Pak-Turk bilateral ties in the realms of economy, military, infrastructure development and cooperation in the international political arena. It argues that changing global context and shared political, security and economic challenges are bringing them closer. The bilateral ties are poised to grow further as political leadership on both sides find it mutually beneficial.
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