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Abdullah says welcomes Pak's 'positive approach' to improve ties with India

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

National Conference on Wednesday welcomed the "positive approach" of Pakistan's leadership on resolving long-pending issues with India, saying it has rekindled the hope that the two countries can live with trust and friendship.

"I foresee a time when my colleagues, friends and family members move around without security. It is perhaps for that day, God has kept me going," Abdullah said at the annual day celebrations of Sher-e-Institute of Medical Sciences in

His comments come two days after Imran Khan, who completed 100 days as premier last week, said his government enjoys unwavering support of the armed forces, an in the country's politics, particulary on matters of foreign policy.

Last week, Khan said his government, the and all political parties in are on the same page on improving ties with He, however, did not mention cross-border terrorism which has stressed is as a stumbling block in resuming talks between the two sides.

and last month laid the foundation stones, on their respective sides, to open a corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims in visiting gurdwaras on either side. It signalled a possible move to mend ties that had nosedived over terrorist attacks in India by Pakistan-based groups.

"I wish that day comes when the two neighbouring countries of India and Pakistan live in camaraderie," Abdullah, a former of Jammu and Kashmir, said.

He said Khan's avowals on India-Pakistan bonhomie has rekindled the hope that a day will come when the people of Jammu and will live in a peaceful atmosphere.

Abdullah asserted that only democratically elected governments will advance the cause of development and will work for the socio-economic emancipation of the underprivileged.

"I look forward to elections for the state assembly at an earliest. Only a popular government can mitigate the mounting woes of people. And it is the duty of people to elect honest people to the legislature," he said.

Expressing his dismay over the attack on the secular visage of India, the said "many powers that are inimical to the secular character of India are making bigoted attempts to polarize people on religious lines to garner support. This, I believe, is dangerous for a country like India which belongs to all."

He said people want answers for all those "fanciful promises" that were made by the BJP.

"People cannot forget the ordeal that they had to undergo due to demonetization. and small enterprise holders too are at the receiving end due to the promulgation of GST," he said.

Applauding the professionalism and efforts of doctors of SKIMS institute, Abdullah said the institute should take lead in research.

"It is the shared effort of people who run this institution that will make it great. The other day I read that the research being done in India is not of good quality. SKIMS should take a lead in research and come up with cure for many that are a source of agony for people. The institute should find cure for like and It will earn laurels for the institute," he said.

Abdullah, who is member from Srinagar, allocated Rs one crore for construction of auditorium at SKIMS from his constituency development fund.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 19:35 IST