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PM for good relations with Pakistan

india Updated: Mar 26, 2009 20:25 IST
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India wants good relations with Pakistan and an environment of mutual confidence and friendship will be beneficial for Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in New Delhi on Thursday.

The prime minister conveyed this assessment to J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during their 30-minute meeting, the first after the National Conference leader took over the reins of the government in January this year.

The two leaders discussed in detail the development issues in the border state during which they touched upon the dialogue process between India and Pakistan, a Jammu and Kashmir Government spokesman said in the Capital.

Omar supported the prime minister's stand that India and Pakistan should have good neighbourly relations and said he favoured resumption of their bilateral dialogue at the earliest, the spokesman said.

The prime minister observed that the state would progress in an environment of friendship between India and Pakistan, the spokesman said in a release.

Omar briefed the prime minister about the law and order situation in the state and said his government was satisfied with the action taken by the Army against its own personnel in the Bomai incident.

The chief minister assured Singh that the security forces were committed in ensuring his commitment of zero tolerance on human rights violations.