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Tuesday 28 January 2020

European parliamentarians who supported India visiting J&K

The European Parliament on 18 September had supported India's move to abrogate Article 370 and damned Pakistan-sponsored terrorism

A team of European MPs on a tour of India will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. This will be the first visit by a foreign delegation to Kashmir after the provisions of Article 370 giving special status to Kashmir were lifted. Prior to the Kashmir visit, European MPs reached Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in Delhi and met him. They are scheduled to meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, too.

The PMO has shared the information about European MPs’ visit to Jammu and Kashmir. It said that the party of MPs will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Talking to the MPs, the prime minister said, “We hope that visiting various parts of the country including Jammu and Kashmir will help them understand the cultural and religious diversity of India.” It said the delegation will also get a better idea about the development and governance of the area.

There are 28 members in the delegation. The European Union supported India after the Union government virtually scrapped Article 370 on 5 August. The EU Parliament issued a statement, describing Pakistan’s attitude as suspicious, saying that Kashmir was a bilateral issue. At that time, many MPs in Parliament of Europe (EU) had strongly criticised Pakistan in unison. They that the EU should support India because the terrorists get the protection of Pakistan and they attack the neighbouring country, empowered by Pakistan.

That was European Parliament discussing the issue of Kashmir for the first time in 11 years. Pakistan has opposed India on almost every international stage since the major decision of the government of India on Jammu and Kashmir. The positive attitude of the European Union proved to be helpful for India.

Meanwhile, Iltija Mufti, daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, tweeted on behalf of her mother to say it was expected that the MPs would be allowed to meet the local people. She tweeted, “Hopefully, he will be allowed to meet local people, local media, doctors and other civil society members. The curtain between Kashmir and the world should be removed. The government should be held responsible for the state of instability in Jammu and Kashmir.

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