Srinagar: Striking a tone different from parties like Congress, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday backed the government for hosting Pakistan’s probe team on Pathankot attack, saying it was time for the two countries to give up animosity and push friendship.
The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Minister said India and Pakistan have to join hands to defeat terror in the sub-continent and usher peace and prosperity in this state.
“It is a very good step that India allowed the Pakistani JIT (Joint Investigation Team) to visit Pathankot. If we want to improve relations with the neighbouring country, then what is the harm in joining hands to see who is responsible for such attacks. They have come as they want to know who are responsible. So, let them see and then they will give their report on their return,” Abdullah said.
His support to the government over the issue comes at a time when Congress and Aam Aadmi Party are slamming the Modi dispensation for hosting the JIT.
“What happened in Lahore and if India decides to send its team there, I don’t think Pakistan will have any objections,” Abdullah said addressing workers at a function here. He said India and Pakistan would have to sit together to find solutions to the issues confronting the two countries.
“There is no other option. We have had enough animosity and now time has come to take the friendsh ip forward,” he said even as he cautioned that “there are some powers in both the countries who do not want peace as they earn their bread and butter on our blood.”