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A 15-member foreign envoys’ delegation arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to J&K and met over 100 peo00ple, including senior Valley-based politicians, top newspaper editors and grassroots representatives.

Background:

  • On August 5, the Centre decided to end the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under Article 370 by a Presidential Order.
  • Further J&K also lost its statehood and was reorganized into two Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh by Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. Since then all stakeholders are trying to establish normalcy in the region.
  • In the current scenario, political leaders including Omar Abdullah are still detained, the Internet is shut down in numerous regions and the Army is keeping a watch over the valley. 

Purpose of Visit:

They are seeking feedback on-

  • The ground situation post the revocation of the State’s special status
  • Pakistan’s attempts at interference 
  • Immediate demands of the people.

About the Visit:

  • The foreign envoys are mainly invited from South America, Africa, and Asia.
  • They held closed-door meetings with the politicians, local editors and elected grassroots leaders like pants and councillors.
  • No prominent civil society group or trade body met the envoys
  • Unlike the controversial tour of the European Union (EU) parliamentarians in October last year, these envoys, drove past busy streets from the airport to reach the venue at Lalit Grand Palace Hotel. 
  • No shutdown was observed by locals nor was violence reported, unlike the time when EU parliamentarians visited.
  • They found out politicians and people's demands were -
    • Restoration of Internet service
    • Restore Statehood 
    • Introduce domicile laws to safeguard  
    • Find jobs for the locals
    • Immediate release of all political leaders and the youth in the Valley who have been detained since 5th August.

Also read: Jammu And Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill Passed In Lok Sabha

The scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu And Kashmir

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/envoys-from-15-nations-arrive-in-kashmir-to-assess-ground-situation/article30521330.ece