Sending back 50 students from Pakistan deplorable: Soz

Srinagar: Former JK Congress president Prof Saif-u-Din Soz said sending back 50 students from Pakistan is deplorable and doesn’t behoove India to retaliate this way against any unacceptable action by Pakistan.

“I am an incorrigible optimist and always carry a feeling in my mind that sooner or later, India and Pakistan leadership will accept the eternal reality that since neighbhourhood can’t be changed and the two countries have to remain together in cordial relations.

“I always look-out for an opportunity that can promote peace and friendship between the two countries. It is why I expressed hope recently on National Security Advisor of Pakistan Nasser Janjua’s statement that ‘Pakistan and India cannot remain enemies forever and they must engage with each other and resolve disputes’.

“Against this background, I deplore the MEA’s recent action of sending back 50 students to Pakistan who had been sponsored by Lahore Grammar School for its counterpart in India for an exchange of thoughts and promotion of good will. If it has been done at the behest of PMO, it is much more deplorable.”

“In my opinion, it doesn’t behoove a country of India’s size and stature to retaliate this way against any unacceptable action by Pakistan. Whatever the provocation, the civilized world is expecting India to remain strongly weeded to the basic principles of civility.”

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