Dr Farooq welcomes Pak’s ‘positive approach’ to improve ties with India

SRINAGAR, DEC 5: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah 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-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar.
His comments come two days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who completed 100 days as premier last week, said his Government enjoys unwavering support of the armed forces, an influential player in the country’s politics, particularly on matters of foreign policy.
Dr Farooq Abdullah who was speaking at the annual day celebrations of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at SKICC, Srinagar said that the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent avowals on Indo-Pak bonhomie have rekindled the hope that a day will come when the people of Jammu & Kashmir will live in a free atmosphere.
Dr Farooq 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 the people. And it is the duty of people to elect honest people to the legislature,” he said. (AGENCIES)