Indo-Pak peace greatest tribute to Vajpayee: Dr Farooq

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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,” reports 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.
Abdullah had earlier called for adopting ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, who strongly propagated secularism, saying that Kashmiris are not terrorists and that he will not accept the idea of a nation sans equality.
He also stressed that he will fight for the special rights given to the state of Jammu Kashmir under the article 35A while underscoring that the fallout from any tinkering with the Constitutional provision would be difficult to control.
In his efforts to bring peace between the two countries, Vajpayee had travelled to Lahore in the inaugural Delhi-Lahore bus service on February 19, 1999, to attend the Lahore Summit. Vajpayee was received at Wagah by then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.