NEW DELHI: In a rare vote of confidence, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the "courage" to carry out talks with Pakistan to end terrorism, reported news agency ANI.

"I congratulate Jammu and Kashmir CM for realizing that till we have talks with Pakistan, militancy will not end. I feel Modi ji has the courage to initiate this and take it to the logical end," ANI quoted Abdullah as saying.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had on Sunday pushed for friendly relations between India and Pakistan.

"Dialogue is the only way out and I appeal to the governments of India and Pakistan to resume the talks and resolve the mutual issues amicably. Dialogue alone will end mayhem and destruction and bring peace," Mehbooba had told a gathering at the mausoleum of her father and former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in south Kashmir.

She had added that it was the people of her state who were the "worst sufferers of the Indo-Pak hostilities."

Abdullah has in the past accused the BJP of threatening Muslims to vote for them.