NEW DELHI: The Modi government in a significant move is understood to have invited Delhi-based Ambassadors to visit Jammu and Kashmir this week as situation stabilises in the State after scrapping of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state.

Envoys from various parts of the globe have been invited for the visit, ET has learnt. This is the maiden occasion when envoys have been invited to visit Jammu and Kashmir since August 6. The visit of envoys could take place in batches. Earlier almost 100 Delhi-based Ambassadors had visited Amritsar at the government’s invite ahead of Kartarpur corridor opening.

The move is being contemplated as broadband internet service was restored in government-run hospitals and SMS facilities were restored on all mobile phones starting at midnight in Kashmir, after over four-and-a-half months of suspension.

Internet services, landline and mobile phones were snapped across Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of August 5 — the day the Modi government announced in Parliament that the region’s special status would be scrapped, and that it would be divided into two Union Territories.

Five political leaders, who had been under preventive detention since August 5, have also been released from the MLA hostel in Srinagar.

It may be recalled that MEA had briefed several envoys after the government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and received overwhelming support for its move including at UN. Last year since August the UN Security Council twice rejected efforts by China to rake up Kashmir issue at closed door sessions. In September Pakistan also failed to garner support at both UN Human Rights Council & UN General Assembly on its Kashmir narrative.

In October, a group of 27 Members of European Parliament (MEPs) visited Kashmir. The familiarisation visit by MEPs was facilitated was arranged as they had expressed the desire to visit Kashmir to understand how terrorism is affecting India and how it has been a challenge for India. The MEPs had also met PM Narendra Modi and NSA Ajit Doval on that occasion.

Source link