Imran Khan backs Erdogan as Turkey battles economic slump

  • Turkey has always succeeded against adversities in their glorious history: Imran Khan
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has expressed the hope that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the people of Turkey will steer their country out of the ongoing economic challenges.

In a Twitter message shared on Tuesday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman said people of Pakistan were praying for the success of President Erdogan and the people of Turkey in dealing with the severe economic crisis.

The cricketer-turned-politician said the people of Turkey will deal with the current challenges citing their earlier struggles against adversities.

Turkish currency tumbled low over deteriorating relations with the United States as President Donald Trump unexpectedly doubled metal tariffs against the Muslim state on Friday.

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The tension between the two states stemmed out of a recent skirmish over a US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson who was sentenced to almost two years in prison on terror charges.

Trump urged Erdogan on Twitter to free him, describing his continuing detention as “a total disgrace”.

Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 20 years and has been detained since October 2016, is accused of helping Gulen’s network and the proscribed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Interestingly, both Ankara and Washington designate the PKK as “terrorist”.