Farooq Hopeful of Indo-Pak Bonhomie  

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SRINAGAR — National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that friendship with Pakistan would be the greatest tribute that can be paid to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

 Abdullah said, “He (Vajpayee) was a great man, I cannot see the values he had in anyone today. He was from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Jana Sangh, but his ideology was opposite to theirs. He wanted India to be everybody’s. He also wanted to strike up a friendship with Pakistan. Unfortunately, he couldn’t oversee its fruition.”

“I hope that the current government and Imran Khan’s government in Pakistan fulfill his dream, that will be the greatest tribute to him,” he added.

On Thursday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, while offering his condolence at Vajpayee’s demise, had reverberated similar thoughts saying that the best way to honour the “towering leader” is by establishing peace between India and Pakistan.

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