Foreign Diplomats to visit Jammu and Kashmir after the restoration of 4G & DDC polls

A delegation of foreign diplomats will be visiting the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday to observe the ground situation and witness firsthand the steps taken by the government to restore normalcy in the Valley after its Article 370 move

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 17, 2021 16:05 IST
Foreign Diplomats to visit Jammu and Kashmir after the restoration of 4G & DDC polls
Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir

As per reports, A delegation of foreign diplomats will visit the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday to assess the ground situation and witness firsthand the steps taken by the government to restore normalcy in the Valley after the removal of Article 370 last year.

In August 2019, the Centre had abrogated Article 370 that removed the special status of the state and also bifurcated in two Union territories. This will be the third official visit by foreign envoys to the J&K since its special status was revoked.

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Earlier, the Indian Government had organized visits for the foreign delegates in two batches – one in January and another in February last year. During their visits, the envoys had met some senior officials of the state administration and also interacted with locals.

This latest visit by the third group of diplomats comes after two significant developments in the region — the restoration of 4G internet services after 18 months and the successful conclusion of local body polls.

The delegation, which mainly includes foreign diplomats from Africa and Europe, is scheduled to participate in a program in Magam in the Budgam district at 10.30 am. They will also meet elected representatives of local bodies later in the afternoon and then proceed to the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar.

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The foreign diplomats are also likely to interact with some media persons from Jammu and Kashmir in the evening before taking part in a cultural program. However, security forces have been put on high alert as it has been reported by various intelligence agencies that Pakistan-backed terror groups might try to create disturbance or instability during diplomats' visits. 

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