Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan carries great importance, since this would aim to further cement the extraordinary brotherly relations between the two nations. His visit was meant to seal several agreements on trade and energy, but what was most heartening was to see his sincerity evident in an address to the parliament to both the government and the opposition that their infighting would hurt the country and democracy.
At the same time, Turkey and Pakistan’s exemplary relationship offers a hope for the unity of the Muslim world currently divided against itself, thanks to the warmongering and invasions in the recent decade but also its own foibles. The best antidote, of course, is to rationalise the sole influence of the sole world superpower in the region as well as the Muslim world, which can be achieved with Ankara’s diplomatic and political sagacity. Turkey only needs to take a step and other Muslim countries would rush to join forces, something that is needed to cure Afghanistan of its ills but also would lead to lasting settlement of conflicts like Kashmir and Palestine.