British high commissioner meets Kashmir governor

May 10th, 2008 - 11:40 pm ICT by admin  

Srinagar, May 10 (IANS) India-Pakistan relations had taken a favourable turn during the past couple of years and the situation was now conducive for resolving all unsettled problems, Jammu and Kashmir Governor lieutenant general (retired) S.K. Sinha told the British high Commissioner to India, Sir Richard Stagg, here Saturday. During an hour-long interaction with the visiting envoy, Sinha said both sides had shown flexibility in their approach to solving problems and hoped restoration of democracy in Pakistan would further strengthen the bilateral relations, steering the region to peace and prosperity.

He noted with satisfaction the depleted hostility towards India in Pakistan.

“These are positive and encouraging developments,” Sinha said.

According to an official statement from the Raj Bhavan, the governor discussed the impact of recent elections in Pakistan and Nepal and said the polls under international scanner had provided an opportunity to the people in the two neighbouring countries to express their will freely and fearlessly.

Talking about Kashmiri separatist leaders’ claim of representing the people here, the governor told the envoy: “Any claim to be the representative of the people of Kashmir is hollow unless that claim is supported by the people through an electoral process.”

On terrorism, the governor said India had been combating the problem for much longer than any other country and added that the world has to find solution to conflicting demands of fundamentalism and secularism.

Sir Richard Stagg is also scheduled to meet Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad during his stay in the Kashmir Valley.

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