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“Felicitations to the Republic of Turkey and H.E President @RTErdogan on this historic day after the first prayers in 86 years were held at the Hagia Sophia Mosque.” – Prime Minister Imran Khan

“Felicitations to the Republic of Turkey and H.E President @RTErdogan on this historic day after the first prayers in 86 years were held at the Hagia Sophia Mosque.” – Prime Minister Imran Khan

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  1. I’m watching all the secularists on r/Turkey reeeeeeeeeing with the usual comments of Ataturk spinning in his grave. He must be spinning so much he has probably achieved enough warp speed to power 10 of our hydroelectric stations.

  2. With the pending withdrawal of the US from Europe, Turks are assuming the role of becoming an independent regional power instead of chasing to be part of the EU.

    With their relatively strong Army they have somewhat of an advantage over neighboring states but their lackluster economy means that they will be playing up pan Islamism as an instrument of statecraft.

    Nothing wrong with is this as other blocs employ equally subjective identity politics to strengthen their bond, I mean the west has been cooperating over their shared heritage of whiteness for over a century now. I think they formally refer to this as “Judeo-Christian values.”

    But these kinds of ideologies, that are not based on pragmatism but rather emotional appeal, are not very sustainable and can lead to radicalization as we have seen in the muslim world and are seeing increasingly the west.

    It will be important for Pakistan to balance its relationship with an expansionist Turkey looking to exert influence beyond its borders, all the way to Xianjiang with their ideological support for the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, while also managing relations with China, who is Pakistan’s strategic ally, and Saudi and the Iranians, the two other Islamic countries with considerable religious influence in Pakistan.

    Increasing cultural and economic relations with all these states will diminish the leverage each has on Pakistan but it will also be tricky to manage their diverging interests.

  3. Dunno why people make a big deal out of it. It’s not like it was destroyed, it was turned into a mosque, the history is preserved.

    Not to mention, it wasn’t like they took a random church and made it a mosque, it was a mosque for a while and if you look into the judge’s decision it was pretty justified because the person who bought this building wanted it to be a mosque.

  4. Haifa Sofia is walking distance away from the Blue Mosque which is huge. There literally wasn’t a capacity need to convert this museum to mosque. Or perhaps he could have left most of it as museum and open sections as mosque and church to be fair.

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