Farooq for friendship between India, Pak

14 August 2009
The Daily Excelsior

Excelsior Correspondent Srinagar: National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah today wished the people of India and Pakistan on the eve of their respective Independence Days and said people of both the countries had jointly offered great sacrifices for attaining freedom. Abdullah, who is also the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, in a message said in the past, people of 'one nation' had jointly offered great sacrifices during the freedom struggle and 'history bears witness to the fact that Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and people of other faiths jointly fought against the British empire to attain India's freedom.' He said the situation changed later and along with India's freedom, Pakistan too had emerged as an independent country. Stating that the 'history of freedom' of both the countries was the same, Abdullah said people of India and Pakistan celebrated the eve of the Independence Day in a 'similar fashion and with vigour and enthusiasm,' adding that the 'same factor can turn out to be a milestone in developing friendly and cordial relations between the people of both the nations.' He also said the friendship between India and Pakistan was the 'only guarantee' for the maintenance of peace in South Asia particularly the Jammu and Kashmir State. Asserting that crores of people of both the countries were 'against violence and for non-violence,' Abdullah said war only brought destruction and hoped that the leaders of India and Pakistan will jointly, in the near future, initiate steps in resolving the Kashmir issue. Meanwhile, NC general secretary Sheikh Nazir Ahmad also wished the people of India and Pakistan on the eve of their Independence Days, in particular the political leaders of both the countries. Stating that the party founder late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah had made 'exemplary efforts' in the past to 'bring close' India and Pakistan, Sheikh said he hoped that both the nations will become the 'representatives of peace' in future so that people 'live in peace once more as they used to in the past.'