Mehbooba briefs British High Commissioner on self rule

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Aug 29:  Peoples’ Democratic Party            (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has said for any forward movement in the resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir problem it was necessary to lift the siege around the state which has virtually imprisoned it in the wake of the partition of the country.
She was talking to the British High Commissioner Sir James  Bevan, who  was accompanied by Alex Bamford, First Secretary, Political, British High Commission, New Delhi.
Mehbooba told the visiting envoy that there had to be a strong element of creativity and positive approach to find a solution to the festering Kashmir problem that had held hostage all post independence generations.
She  said the PDP’s road map which has been presented in the shape of its self rule document reflects fragmatism and creativity and is anchored in the friendship between India and Pakistan. The two countries can obiviously not wish each other away and will therefore have to address the mutual problems in the interest of the people of South Asia.
Mehbooba recalled that the contours of a possible solution had emerged a few years back in the dialogue between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Musharraf of Pakistan. The elements of consensus are by and large inconformity with the features of the Self Rule. She said, ‘we are confident that for any resolutiuon the self rule provides the right frame work that could liberate the people of entire region from the negative baggage of the past and bring in a new era of prosperity and inter dependence on the lines of the post cold war Europe”.
Mehbooba said the internal dimensions of Jammu & Kashmir problem are also taken care of by the self rule vision document.

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