Mumbai: After a visit to Pakistan, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar claimed that the BJP government are spreading lies about the neighbouring country only for political gains. Pawar also spoke about other issues such as revocation of Article 370 and mob lynching at a special event organised for minorities at NCP headquarters in Mumbai on Saturday.

“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 told news agency ANI adding, “It is a misplaced fact that people in Pakistan are unhappy. However, the present government has been spreading lies about Pakistan for their own political benefits.”

He further dismissed all the allegations made against Pakistanis that they are facing injustice and are unhappy. Calling out such statements as untrue, Pawar said that they were only being said without understanding the ground reality in Pakistan. “Ruling class here is spreading false things for political benefits,” stated Pawar, according to news agency ANI.

Pawar criticised the Modi-led government for revocation of Article 370, which had given special status to the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir. A leading daily quoted Pawar: “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.”

Addressing a special event for minorities at NCP headquarters in Mumbai on Saturday, the veteran politician also talked about the recurrent issue at hand, mob lynching. “Feeling of brotherhood and communal harmony are imperative if the country is to be taken forward on the path of development. But those in power don’t think about it,” an official statement issued by the NCP quoted Pawar as saying.

Reinstating the significance of communal harmony for development, the NCP claimed, “Certain sections of society are being targeted. But action is not being taken against perpetrators.”

He added that the term ‘mob lynching’ which was unheard of in the past is heard often in the present scenario. “But we get to hear this word often now. There is a need to come together against such incidents,” Pawar asserted.