The government is planning to teach hard lessons to Turkey and Malaysia who had criticised the abrogation of Article 370 by Indian government. The government may cut imports of many commodities originating from Turkey and Malaysia. Both these Muslim-majority countries have criticised India’s policy on Kashmir.
According to report of news agency Reuters, Indian Government Can cut down the imports of petroleum, aluminium ingots, liquefied natural gas, computer parts, microprocessors and many other goods coming from Malaysia.
Significantly, India is one of the largest importers of edible oil. The Indian government has already stopped importing palm oil from Malaysia by asking the importers. Apart from this, Malaysian crude palm oil has been put in the category of ‘prohibition’.
Now the central government is preparing to curb the purchase of petroleum, aluminum ignots, liquefied natural gas (LNG), computer parts and micro-processors coming from Malaysia. News agency Reuters has given this information by quoting two government sources.
The government is also preparing to cut imports of oil and steel products coming from Turkey. One Indian official said, “Our government does not take the comments of Malaysia and Turkey lightly and will curb the trade of both countries.” However, the Commerce Ministry has not yet confirmed it officially.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad had strongly criticized India for abolishing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and NRC-CAA. When India abolished the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Mahathir Mohammad said that India had Invaded & occupied Jammu & Kashmir and suggested India to solve this matter by talking with Pakistan.
On the other hand, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Kashmiris have been “completely kept under siege”.
In August 2019, Indian Government abrogated the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Since then,Turkey and Malaysia are opposing this move of Indian Government.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the Kashmir issue in the United Nations General Assembly in September. At the Financial Action Task Force meeting (FATF), Turkey had also openly supported Pakistan.
Talking about Kashmir issue at UNGA, Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan said, “In order for the Kashmiri people to look at a safe future together with their Pakistani and Indian neighbors, it is imperative to solve the problem through dialogue and on the basis of justice and equity, but not through collision.”
After this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to Saudi Arabia on 27-28 October to participate in a big investment conference. From Saudi Arabia, Modi was supposed to go to Turkey but he canceled his visit to Turkey and gave a strong message to Turkey.
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