Cover Story 22 February ,2021 Issue .
News Kashmir Exclusive
The European Union delegation arrived on Wednesday 17 February 2021 to review the situation in Kashmir following the repealing of Article 370.
They were welcomed with the showering of flower petals and singing of Kashmiri songs by the girls in Srinagar. On 18 February 2021 the team of Heads of Missions visited Headquarter 15 Corps in Badami Bagh Cantt on 18 Feb and interacted with Lieutenant General B S Raju, Generall Officer Commanding, Chinar Corps and other senior officers including Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar.
“The envoys were briefed by the police and army representatives on the ground situation at the line of control and in the hinterland,” officials stated.
The statement said that the police briefing included an update on the efforts on ‘mainstreaming the youth’ and ‘policing under COVID 19 challenges’. This was followed by an Army briefing which included a brief historical update and the current situation in J&K.
Over the recent months especially after the abrogation of the special Status of Jammu and Kashmir and division of it into two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir , Ladakh has seen many foreign delegations visiting Kashmir .Often the pulse on ground is that these visits are not yielding the real dividends .Mushtaq ul Haq Ahmad Sikander , an eminent political analyst while talking to the News Kashmir stated :” The visit of foreign envoys to Kashmir has been an age old phenomenon since British Era. These visits corroborate the view that Kashmir is a special place, dispute and conflict otherwise what is the purpose of outsiders taking a stock of things in Kashmir? It reinforces the fact that no sovereign and independent nation can brush aside the views of other nations as whole world has become a global village. These guided visits and tours have limited impact on ground as well as understanding the pragmatic problems and realities that people face on daily basis.”
The J&K government showcased “deepening democracy” to visiting 24 foreign diplomats, who arrived on a two-day tour of the Union Territory (UT) on Wednesday amid a spontaneous shutdown in Srinagar and alleged detention of recently elected National Conference (NC) district council members in Budgam.Among the envoys who visited the region, some represented known nations like France, Bangladesh, and Italy, while some countries are not so known like Bolivia, Malawi, Senegal, and Estonia, the latter having the population as much as of Srinagar.One is hopeful that these visits of foreign envoys to Kashmir in near future proves good for peace and harmony of the region.