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How Kashmir Fits in Turkey’s Agenda for a Global Caliphate

News Analysis NEW DELHI—Turkey seeks to gain credibility in its bid for a global caliphate by championing the Muslim cause 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 that saw the rise of a secular, westernized Turkey and the rise of various political parties in the next five to six decades that included President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP (Justice and Development Party), said Abhinav Pandya, who advised the last governor of the former Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pandya who’s currently the CEO of Usanas Foundation, an India-based geopolitical and security affairs think tank told The Epoch Times that with Erdogan’s three subsequent election victories and presidentship since 2014, Turkey’s foreign policy has started to change. “And as he progressed, these secular elements were gradually being marginalized from the Turkish polity and religion became …

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