'Important to remove restrictions swiftly': Foreign envoys satisfied with restoration of normalcy in J-K
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In yet another setback for Pakistan, majority of the foreign envoys who visited Jammu and Kashmir for a two day trip expressed satisfaction with the gradual restoration of normalcy in the Valley, saying that it is important to lift the restrictions swiftly.
The 25 foreign envoys -- from Afghanistan, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, European Union (EU), France, Germany, Guinea, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyz, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Rwanda, Slovak, Tajikistan, Uganda and Uzbekistan -- visited Jammu and Kashmir for two days to assess the situation in the Valley after the abrogation of Article 370.
“The visit confirmed that the Government of India has taken positive steps to restore normalcy. Some restrictions remain, notably on internet access and mobile services, and some political leaders are still in detention,” the EU said in a statement on Friday.
“While we recognise the serious security concerns, it is important that the remaining restrictions be lifted swiftly,” the statement added.
The 25-member delegation arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit as part of a union government-facilitated trip to help the envoys have a first-hand assessment of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a region which faced months of harsh restrictions after its special status was stripped of in August.
The envoys were briefed about the security situation at Badami Bagh Cantonment in the Valley, officials said while adding that the delegation later flew to Jammu for further engagements.
This is the second batch of foreign envoys visiting the union territory in the last one month.
The government had taken a group of 15 envoys to Jammu and Kashmir last month with an aim to make them see the efforts to bring back normalcy in the Kashmir Valley. A number of opposition parties called it a "guided tour".
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