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Indo-Pak peace greatest tribute to Vajpayee: Farooq

Srinagar, Aug 17: National Conference (NC) president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday said the greatest tribute to the late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be the friendship with Pakistan.

“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,” ANI quoted Abdullah as having said.

The former union minister hoped the current Modi led government and Imran Khan’s government in Pakistan fulfill his (Vajpayee) dream; that will be the greatest tribute to him.

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