Farooq, Omar condoles demise of Vajpayee

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Srinagar: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah on Thursday expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
According to a statement issued here, Farooq Abdullah paid glowing tributes to the departed leader and extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Highlighting Vajpayee’s exemplary contributions in serving the people of the country, Farooq Abdullah said, “In his demise, country has lost not only an exemplary politician but a visionary too. His golden words on Kashmir would be remembered for all times to come.”
“He will be remembered not only for his clear political thought but also the way he engineered initiatives on Kashmir. He still remains as one of the few politicians who has a huge fan following in Kashmir,” Farooq said.
Omar termed former PMs death “a personal loss”. “Vajpayee was a gentleman par excellence. His path breaking initiatives to resolve Kashmir conundrum is something that needs no explanation. His statesmanship was legendary and unparalleled in modern times,” Omar said