Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

The hypocrisy of Turkey and Pakistan’s Islamophobia claims

Imran Khan and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: Getty)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a sucker for conquest symbolism. As Covid-19 restrictions were being eased this year, he ensured that mosques reopened on 29 May to coincide with the 567th anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. The Turkish president has now gone on to sign a decree converting Hagia Sophia into a mosque, just in time for the fourth anniversary of the failed coup against him, which symbolises his own conquest over Turkey’s military and judiciary.

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