Pak people share closeness with India: Sharad Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that people of Pakistan share a closeness with India.

Speaking at a book launch event in Pune, Pawar said, "Whenever I have spoken to common people of Pakistan during my visit there, I have felt that they share a closeness with India."

He further said those who ask people to "go to Pakistan" neither understood Pakistan nor India.

Ties between India and Pakistan have remained tense since the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and nosedived after the Uri terror attack by Pakistan-based terrorists in September 2016, that claimed lives of 19 Indian soldiers.

The relation further deteriorated after a military court in Pakistan sentenced naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav to death on charges of alleged espionage and terrorism in April last year.

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