In what could spark a fresh controversy, the Nationalist Congress Party chief, Mr. Sharad Pawar, on Sunday, heaped praises on Pakistan for its hospitality and accused the NDA government at the Centre of spreading a false narrative about the country for political gains.
Speaking at an event for minorities at the party headquarters, Mr. Pawar said, '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 the actual situation in Pakistan. The ruling party here is spreading false things for political benefits.'
'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 relative,' he added.
Mr. 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.
The NCP chief also hit out at the Central government for abrogating Article 270 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 added.