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How Kashmir Fits Into Turkey’s Agenda for Global Caliphate

News Analysis NEW DELHI—Turkey is seeking to gain credibility in its bid for a global caliphate by championing the cause of Muslims in Kashmir, a region divided between India and Pakistan. Behind Turkey’s recent Islamist foreign policy is a history saddled between the First World War, which saw the rise of a secular, Westernized Turkey and the rise of various political parties in the subsequent five to six decades, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP (Justice and Development Party), according to Abhinav Pandya, who advised the last governor of the former Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pandya, CEO of Indian geopolitical and security affairs think tank Usanas Foundation, told The Epoch Times that with Erdogan’s three subsequent election victories and presidency since 2014, Turkey’s foreign policy has begun to change. “And as he progressed, these secular elements were gradually being marginalized from the Turkish polity and religion became a stronger …

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