New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has said that he has visited Pakistan on a number of occasions and has always received a warm welcome as Pakistanis treat Indians as relatives.

Speaking at an event for minorities at party headquarters, Pawar said that unlike the belief in India that Pakistanis are unhappy in their country, they are happy living in the Islamic nation.

“People here say Pakistanis are facing injustice and are unhappy but it is not true. Such statements are being said only for political gains without understanding actual situation in Pakistan. Ruling class here is spreading false things for political benefits,” Pawar said.

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“I have visited Pakistan and received hospitality there. Pakistanis believe that even if they can't go to India to meet their relatives, they treat an Indian as their relatives,” Pawar added.

Pawar's statement comes amid ongoing tension between India and Pakistan over the Modi government's recent decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir that was granted under Article 370.

The NCP also slammed the government for abrogating Article 370 and said that the move will result in more terrorism in the Valley.

“By scrapping Article 370, the government wants to convey that they are opposing a minority state and in the process, this action of theirs will lead to more terrorism in the Valley,” he said.

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The relationship between India and Pakistan have deteriorated since New Delhi revoked Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories.

Following the move, Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and demanded that the special status of Kashmir should be restored. It also approached various international forums seeking mediation on the issue.

However, India has stressed that Kashmir is its internal matter and that Pakistan has no locus standi on the issue. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma