January 2003 News

British Envoy Meets Mufti

15 January 2003
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: The British High Commissioner in India, Rob Young, met Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here last evening and had a wide ranging discussions on various subjects of mutual interests. The Chief Minister apprised the visiting envoy about the steps being taken by his Government to restore peace and normalcy with dignity in the state besides providing healing touch to the victims of militancy, an official spokesman said here today. The continuing killings by militants, mostly by the foreign mercenaries inducted from across the border, also came in for discussion. Sharing the concern, the High Commissioner also condemned such acts of terrorism, the spokesman said. The Chief Minister also explained the coalition Government’s multi-pronged strategy to tackle militancy. The economic collaboration for infrastructure development and tapping the state’s huge natural resources, especially in power sector, were also discussed. The Chief Minister expressed the desire that the economic help for the state should come through Government of India, he said. Earlier, the British High Commissioner had also called on Governor Girish Chandra Saxena at Raj Bhavan here. They had exchange of ideas on some aspects of the current situation in the state. Discussions were also held on some priority areas of economic development, the spokesman said. The Governor apprised him about the policy of the Government and the steps taken to restore peace. He also explained to the High Commissioner in detailed the effort of Pakistan to continue with cross border terrorism and kill innocent people in an effort to destabilize the situation. The British High Commissioner also met the Director General of Police today and was briefed about the law and order situation in the state, the spokesman said, adding that the visiting dignitory later went to Udhampur.


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