Yerevan: Armenia and Azerbaijan have been long-standing foes over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. While it is considered a part of Azerbaijan by the international community, Armenia stakes claim on the land since the traditional inhabitants are Christian Armenians and Muslim Turks.
The region had declared independence from Azerbaijan after a bloody war in the early 1990s in which over 30,000 people were killed.
Now with Turkey pledging support to Azerbaijan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly accusing Armenia of being responsible for the unrest in the region, the floodgates have opened for a full-blown war.
While both Armenia and Azerbaijan are States that broke out of the erstwhile USSR, Russia has always been an ally of the Armenians.
Why is Pakistan meddling in Nagorno-Karabakh?
Reports have claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan has sent his troops to fight alongside the Turkish military and Azerbaijan army in Agdam.
As per a telephonic conversation between two locals in the area, Free News.AM reported that two Azerbaijanis mentioned about the presence of Pakistanis in the territory.
“How can we write? I don’t have money. We are fine, don’t worry, 7-8 villages were liberated, don’t be afraid… Yes. I know. I have seen on Instagram that Fizuli, Agdam have been liberated from occupation. Our side says that we have also taken Mrav mountain. On Agdam’s side, they have gathered Pakistani soldiers and have taken them towards Agdam,” the locals were heard telling each other.
The economically poor country that it is, Pakistan has been getting conditional aides and support from many countries in West Asia, such as the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.
Pakistan was also the second country after Turkey to recognise Azerbaijan’s sovereignty in 1991, and has since then maintained healthy military relations with the country.
Meanwhile, Ankara has also been assisting Islamabad in the Kashmir discourse, much to India’s chagrin. And an indebted Pakistan returns the favour by pledging its support to Turkey in its misadventures in West Asia, including providing military support in Syria and other neighbouring States.
Courtesy – TimesNowNews