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India should respond to Imran’s message of reconciliation: Farooq

Srinagar, July 28: National Conference president and Member of Parliament for Srinagar, Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that sustained Indo-Pak friendship was imperative for peace in the sub-continent and would also go a far way in the resolution of the political issue in Kashmir.

Addressing various gatherings in Qazigund and Bijbehara on Saturday, Farooq welcomed the message of reconciliation and engagement from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and said the Central Government should reciprocate positively and without wasting any time.

Farooq said the people of Kashmir were the biggest victims of hostility and animosity between India and Pakistan.

“The people of Kashmir have suffered far too long and far too much due to hostility between the two neighbours. The time now has come to tread a new path of mutual cooperation, peace and friendship so that both countries could reap the dividends of peace and progress. The common challenges of poverty, lack of education, inadequate healthcare and violence need to be tackled in an atmosphere of trust and friendship,” Farooq said.

He said Imran Khan’s remarks deserved appreciation and were a welcome indication of a yearning for peace in Pakistan.

“We hope that the new Government in Pakistan takes concrete steps to peacefully address all outstanding issues with the Central Government including that of Kashmir. Both India and Pakistan owe the people of Kashmir a sense of responsibility to find a solution to this impasse and we hope and pray that the future holds the key for an end to our sufferings,” he added.