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JAMMU(PTI): National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday condemned the terror attack at Bacha Khan University in Pakistan and asked the neighbouring country to open arms of friendship with India.
“It is a big tragedy. After Peshawar, this is a second attack. I think Pakistan realises that terrorism is on the rise and, therefore, I request that country for God’s sake please wake up and start friendship with India,” Abdullah told ANI.
“Only together, we will be able to fight these elements. Otherwise, these elements will destroy democracy. We should not wait any longer. These attacks will take place unless we get together to fight them because they need to be fought with all power at our command,” he added.
The National Conference chief alleged that there are elements in both India and Pakistan who do not want peace between the two countries because they are making money from it.
“For the larger population, this is a menace. In the interest of the people and the governments of the two sides, we need to get together and fight this menace with all the power that we have,” he said.
In Pakistan, heavily-armed terrorists today stormed the university in Pakistan’s restive northwest Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa province and opened indiscriminate fire on students and teachers. At least 21 people have been killed and over 30 others injured in the attack.
Over 3,000 students were present inside the university to mark the death anniversary of Khudai Khidmatgar Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan alias Baacha Khan, who died on January 20, 1988. The Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.