India more tolerant than Pakistan; PM Modi has vision to mend Indo-Pak ties: Mehbooba Mufti

Breaking her silence on the intolerance debate and JNU row, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said people in India have more freedom of speech as compared to the neighbouring country Pakistan. 

Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016, 12:22 PM IST
India more tolerant than Pakistan; PM Modi has vision to mend Indo-Pak ties: Mehbooba Mufti
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New Delhi: Breaking her silence on the intolerance debate and JNU row, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said people in India have more freedom of speech as compared to the neighbouring country Pakistan. 

She said that nobody in Pakistan could say a word against hanging of Zulfiqar Bhutto but in India enjoy the freedom of expression as India is more tolerant where everyone can express opinion freely.

Quoting the PDP chief, a report in the New Indian Express said, “Nobody in Pakistan could say a word against hanging of Zulfiqar Bhutto. Unlike Pakistan, India has freedom of speech and people can express their opinion. India is a tolerant country, where everyone has freedom of speech. My father advocated Indian democracy in Kashmir at a time when people here swore by a plebiscite and siding with India was seen as taboo.”  

Indicating the improving PDP-BJP ties, Mufti also praised PM Narendra Modi as man with a vision to improve Indian-Pakistan ties. 

“Mufti sahib knew Modi had the mandate and vision to improve Indo-Pak ties. Whereas, his predecessor Manmohan Singh, during his 10 years in office, could not once visit Pakistan even once despite it being his birthplace,” she added.

After death of former Jammu and Kashmir chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 this year, Mehbooba has refused to take oath as the next CM. 

The latest remark by Mufti is seen as an indication of improvement in the BJP-PDP ties.