JAMMU AND KASHMIR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has expressed his concerns over the instability in Pakistan, stating that it poses a significant danger to all countries, including India. His remarks come in the backdrop of the recent arrest of Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and former Prime Minister of Pakistan, in a corruption case. Abdullah emphasized the importance of a stable and democratic Pakistan, as it would contribute to improved relations between the two neighboring nations.
#WATCH | An unstable Pakistan is dangerous for us. We need a stable Pakistan which is essential for peace in the sub-continent… We would wish that country well. It's our neighbour and we hope something better will come and people will have a peaceful life: National Conference… pic.twitter.com/XpfLYTAqYE— ANI (@ANI) May 10, 2023
Abdullah’s Views on Pakistan’s Instability
Speaking to news agency PTI, Abdullah highlighted the potential risks associated with an unstable Pakistan. He emphasized the need for a strong and democratic Pakistan, as it would benefit not only India but also other countries. He expressed his desire for democracy to prevail in Pakistan, stating that it would help foster better relations between the two nations. Abdullah also commented on the precarious internal situation in Pakistan, describing it as “very dangerous,” with a struggling economy and ongoing concerns such as recent devastating floods.
Assessing Pakistan’s History
Abdullah reflected on Pakistan’s history, noting the challenges it has faced since its independence. He pointed out the assassinations of the country’s first Prime Minister, the hanging of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and the tragic death of Benazir Bhutto. Regarding Imran Khan’s arrest, Abdullah mentioned that he is the fourth former Prime Minister of Pakistan to face imprisonment, underscoring the turbulent political landscape.
Expectations for Imran Khan’s Release: Abdullah expressed his hopes for Imran Khan’s release from jail and emphasized the significance of preserving his life. While the former Chief Minister did not delve into the details surrounding Imran Khan’s arrest or the corruption case, his statement highlights the concern for the safety and well-being of the Pakistani leader.
Farooq Abdullah’s remarks underscore the apprehension over Pakistan’s instability and its potential implications for regional stability. As a prominent political figure with deep knowledge of the region, Abdullah’s perspective highlights the importance of a stable and democratic Pakistan for fostering positive relations with neighboring countries like India. The ongoing situation in Pakistan and the fate of Imran Khan’s release continue to be significant factors in shaping the future dynamics between the two nations.