British envoy on a visit to Kashmir
22 May 2000
Srinagar: The British high commissioner to India, Sir Rob Young, is on a visit here to assess the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the aftermath of US President Bill Clinton’s March trip to India and Pakistan. Mr Young’s visit follows a recent trip here by American Congressman David Bonior and diplomats from the US embassy in New Delhi. The idea behind such visits is to see the changes, if any, on the ground in Kashmir, which the outside world has been keenly watching since the eruption of insurgency here in 1989. India says the insurgency is an outcome of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. Pakistan denies the Indian charge, claiming it merely extends moral and diplomatic support to the “freedom movement”. What has made the post-Clinton visit period significant for Kashmir watchers is the release from prison of All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders in a phased manner and the Indian government’s offer of talks with the separatists.