Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Avet Adonts said that they cannot exclude the possibility of Pakistani nationals on-ground supporting Azerbaijan.
This is considering that both Turkey and Pakistan have pledged their diplomatic and military support to the Azeris officially. And also the general trends among these countries’ operations make it highly probable.
A low-intensity war in Nagorno-Karabakh has entered its 7th day. In such a case new speculation made by the Armenian foreign minister in an interview with an Indian news channel has taken everyone aback.
Avet Adonts’ Statement On The Presence Of Pakistani Fighters On The Ground
The Armenian minister recalled that Pakistani fighters were present on-ground during the 1994 Nagorno-Karabakh war too. He said that they can’t exclude this possibility. Taking into account, they used to act in the same way at the beginning of the 90s during the large-scale war in Nagorno-Karabakh. With the ceasefire agreement in 1994, these guys of Pakistani origin were there. He said that it would not be a surprise for them if the Pakistani origin ground fighters will be present this time as well.
Relations Between Pakistan And Armenia
Pakistan and Armenia have always had troubled relations. Pakistan is the only country in the world that does not recognize Armenia as a state and has supported Azerbaijan in its acts in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
As Islamabad is a close aid of Ankara, it has always supported the Turkish opinion on matters. And in this case, too it supported Turkey when it openly declared its open support towards Azerbaijan. Also, Pakistan has always supported Turkey on its stance that the Armenian Genocide did not occur.
The Armenian minister answered in the affirmative about the presence of Turkish-backed Syrian militants in the Artsakh, terming it a very obvious thing.
He said that not only Jihadis but there are mercenaries from the Northern Part of Syria too. They have arrived in Azerbaijan, via Turkey. And Ankara was very instrumental in the recruitment process. He said that the number is very different, starting with 1000, ending with 5000. He further added that it is very obvious that they are there to fight against the Nagorno Karabakh people.
The Armenian government, quoting their intelligence sources earlier has also released figures of about 4000 Syrian militants arriving in the area.
Many media networks are reporting that Pakistani fighters have left Pakistan. And again via Turkey, they have reached Azerbaijan to join the mercenaries operating in Azerbaijan. It will not be a surprise for Armenia.