Second batch of foreign envoys arrive in Jammu and Kashmir

Joanna Estrada
February 14, 2020

"It is really great to be here", said the envoy from Afghanistan, chargé d'affaires Tahir Qadiry.

"Kashmir is a attractive place, we are just here as tourists", Dominican Republic ambassador Frank Hans Dannenberg Castellanos said.

The Congress also questioned the wisdom and probity of the government in inviting foreign diplomats to visit J&K when the country's own political leaders including MPs are being denied access to the erstwhile state. Handsome lake and hospitable people.

They were unable to fly to Baramulla due to bad weather.

The delegation took a Shikara ride on the famous Dal Lake. In Srinagar, they met delegations of businessmen, traders and fruit growers, journalists and some political groups. Lone was served a show-cause notice by the party for meeting the envoys in January. "She drove their attention towards the recent report of the Kashmir Press Club, which accused police of harassing journalists... some reporters spoke about how the internet ban is hampering work".

Diplomats of 25 countries including those from Germany, Canada, France and Afghanistan, on Wednesday reached Kashmir to witness the ground situation in the region almost six months after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.

"We asked for their help in promoting (local) handicraft and tourism", Touseef Raina, who led a group of aspiring politicians, said.

"We have come here to see normalisation of situation after abrogation of Article 370. We said it would be waste of time to be hard about Article 370". The envoys also met top civil officers for feedback on development programmes. They will get information about the situation arising after August 5.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said, "The group is visiting Srinagar and Jammu, where they would meet representatives of civil society, including the youth from different ethnic, religious and socio-economic communities, local business and political leaders, civil administration and representatives of mainstream media".

They represent Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Austria, Republic of Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Kingdom of Denmark, Dominican Republic, the European Union, French Republic, Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Hungary, Italy, Republic of Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Mexico, Republic of Namibia, Kingdom of Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of Poland, Republic of Rwanda, Slovak Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Uganda, and Republic of Uzbekistan.

A second batch of New Delhi-based diplomats from over two dozen countries began a two-day tour of Jammu & Kashmir for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the troubled territory.

In October previous year, 27 MPs, drawn mainly from far-right parties, of 11 European countries visited Srinagar but the EU embassy in Delhi was quick to clarify then that they were in India in their "personal capacity" and not as part of an official delegation.

Likening Jammu and Kashmir to Tihar jail, Tarigami and Yechury said at the media conference that the region "cannot have a Shaheen Bagh as there can not be a Shaheen Bagh in Tihar jail".

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