Jammu & Kashmir: Government plan to host another visit by Foreign Diplomats

New Delhi: The government is expected to organize another visit of foreign ambassadors in Jammu and Kashmir this month. While modalities are still being worked out, it is learned that the group will include ambassadors from European and Gulf countries.

The proposed visit is 18 months after India’s implementation of amending Article 370 of India to restore 4G mobile Internet services in the Union Territory (UT) since February 5.

India’s decision to restore internet services was hailed by the US as an important step for local residents. Despite no change in America’s South Asia policy, the Biden administration has said it expects “continued political and economic progress” to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The group of foreign envoys are expected to hold talks with some members of the newly elected District Development Council (DDC), highlighting the government’s voting in the young DDC elections as a sign of local people’s confidence in “grassroots democracy” Want to And as the government says, their disapproval of any interference by external forces in India’s internal matter.

Security agencies are also informed about the threat from cross-border terrorism, which is continued by Indian authorities to Pakistan. The visit will also take place when Pakistan has been asked to maintain peace afresh, beginning with Army Chief Qamar Bajwa’s remark that Pakistan wants to extend a hand of peace in all directions. Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan has also said that India must first restore the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ambassador, who is likely to visit both Srinagar and Jammu, will form the third such delegation to visit the Valley from August 5, 2019, when the state was divided into separate union territories Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

A group of 27 members of the European Parliament (MEP) visited Kashmir in October 2019 at the invitation of a Delhi-based think tank, as they had apparently expressed a desire to visit Kashmir in order to understand that terrorism could lead to India Is affecting A similar visit to Delhi-based foreign envoys was organized by government officials early next year.

The government also does not explicitly believe that such visits by foreign dignitaries can lead to internationalization of the Kashmir issue. As the government has previously stated, defending the visit by MEPs, it believes that such exchanges are in line with India’s foreign policy objectives, which encourage deeper people to approach people and It ultimately helps to foster greater relations that India does with other countries.