This organization has been waging an insurgency against Turkey for decades. The PKK is considered a terrorist group in Turkey, the European Union and the United States, but its symbols are not banned in Sweden. Erdoğan said, ‘So you will allow terrorist organizations to walk with impunity and then expect our support to join NATO? This is not going to happen. He was referring to efforts by Sweden and Finland to join the military alliance.
He said that if Sweden would not respect Turkey or Muslims, ‘they would not get any support from us on the NATO issue’. Earlier, Muslim countries including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) had strongly condemned the burning of Quran in Sweden. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan had also targeted about this. After this, Sweden had expressed regret over the incident of burning of Quran.