‘Atttempt To Normalise Clampdown’: Foreign Envoys’ Kashmir Visit Draws Flak from NC, PDP

Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti File Photo | Source: Internet

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As the delegation of foreign diplomats from over fifteen countries arrived in Kashmir on a two day trip to “assess the situation”, the Kashmir’s political parties reacted sharply denouncing the tour as an attempt by Indian government to “normalise the clampdown”.

The visit is a part of the plan of the government to allay the criticism by the foreign governments, rights organizations,  and global press over its Kashmir move and the security clampdown  under which the region lost its special constitutional protection and statehood.

The visit of the envoys is “only seems like an attempt to normalise the Govts own clampdown.” The People’s Democrats Party said in a tweet, asking whether the authorities will let the envoys meet the leaders under detention.

The National Conference, one of the main pro-India political parties in kashmir, whose leaders, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, are under house detention since August, have said that it was “disappointed” over government’s decision of bringing foreign envoys to Kashmir to “endorse” the claims of normalcy.

US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster was also the part of the delegation. notably the US congress has held two sessions since August on Kashmir urging India to restore services and rights in the region.

Most of the political leadership in Kashmir is under detention while people are not allowed to assemble and protests. Internet services continue to remain shut even as five months have passed.

The delegation met a group of rebel politicians from people’s democratic party whose president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is under detention. The the party was quick to react and issued a statement expelling all the members who met the delegation.

“PDP expels leaders for going against the will of the people,’ the statement, which was tweeted from party’s official handle, said while naming the expelled members. “It has come to attention of the party that certain party leaders have been part of the parleys which go against the interests of the state, official position and core beliefs of the party.

The expelled are Dilawar Mir, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Zaffar Iqbal, Abdul Majeed Padroo, Raja Manzoor Khan, Javaid Hussain Baig, Qamar Hussain and Abdul Rahim Rather







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