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Updated: August 15, 2013 18:02 IST

Indian envoy presents credentials to Pak President

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In this July 15, 2013 photo, newly appointed India's High Commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan is on his way to Pakistan through the Attari- Wagah border.
In this July 15, 2013 photo, newly appointed India's High Commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan is on his way to Pakistan through the Attari- Wagah border.

T C A Raghavan is taking over as the Indian High Commissioner at a time of heightened tensions between the two countires over LoC skirmishes.

T C A Raghavan, the new Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, presented his credentials to President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday.

The ceremony coincided with India’s Independence Day.

Mr. Raghavan arrived in Islamabad last month to replace Sharat Sabharwal, who was given several extensions after reaching the age of retirement last year.

Mr. Raghavan is taking over as the envoy at a time of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over incidents of firing across the Line of Control. Bilateral relations soured last week after five Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by Pakistani troops.

Shortly after he arrived in Pakistan, Mr. Raghavan expressed a desire to work for normalising bilateral relations. He is expected to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif next week, officials said.

Mr. Raghavan served as Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad about a decade ago. During his last stint in Pakistan, he served under Shivshankar Menon, who went on to become the Foreign Secretary.

An officer of the 1982 batch of the IFS, Mr. Raghavan has wide-ranging experience of Pakistan affairs and is highly regarded by Pakistani intellectuals and politicians.

He also served as High Commissioner to Singapore and headed a division in the Ministry of External Affairs dealing with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

Mr. Raghavan had to wait for some time for presenting his credentials since President Zardari was away from Islamabad for the past few weeks. Mr. Zardari is set to step down early next month at the end of his five-year term.

Everytime some positive development take place in the relationship of the two countries, some adverse event happens at the LOC. Both sides should respect the sanctity of the LOC.Pakistan must honour its assurance that its territory will not be allowed to be used against India.It is its duty to prevent the militants from crossing the LOC. It is high time that Pakistan closes the training centres of militants in Kashmir and all over that country.
The two nations must come to an understanding to avoid armed conflicts of any scale.The civilised citizens of both countries are eagerly awating the day, when decades of disputes come to an end and permanent peace dawns on the subcontinent.The parties must have the determination to find a peaceful solution to all the problems and patience to continue uninterupted dialog till then.

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Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 19:07 IST
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