Srinagar: Felicitating the people of India
and Pakistan on their Independence Days, National Conference
president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday appealed to the leadership of
the two countries to cement their relations and resolve all
outstanding issues between them.
"We urge leadership of India and Pakistan, who were part
of a single country in the past, to work together and try to
address all outstanding issues so that the people of the
region including Kashmiris could enjoy peace, prosperity and
development," Abdullah said in his felicitation message to New
Delhi and Islamabad.
The Union minister said the people of undivided India
-- irrespective of creed, cast and religion -- gave supreme
sacrifices for the independence of the country and it is our
duty to respect the sacrifices and live together peacefully.
"Peace, communal harmony and living honourably are the
hallmark of lively nations," he said, adding, "We need to
desist from politics of hatred, communal tension and self
The people of both the countries especially Kashmiris
are desirous of living a peaceful life and want India and
Pakistan to further strengthen their friendship, he said.
Asserting that NC founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah had
raised the slogan "Strong Pakistan is in the interest of
strong India", Abdullah said his party would continue to work
as a bridge between New Delhi and Islamabad.