The visit by 24 foreign envoys to Jammu & Kashmir was meant to allow the diplomats to witness, first-hand, J&K’s march on the path of inclusive development and the “dynamism in grassroots democratic institutions” following the successful conduct of local elections, the ministry of external affairs said after conclusion of the visit.
In a statement, the MEA said the envoys visited the Chinar Corps headquarter in Srinagar where they got a briefing on the prevailing security situation, including external threats, in J&K. India has also used the visit by foreign envoys to counter the campaign by Pakistan to corner India over alleged human rights violations and to expose Pakistan’s support to cross-border terrorism. The government said there was an enhanced interest in the ongoing political and democratic process, including strengthening of grassroots democracy in J&K.
“Both in Srinagar and Jammu, the group interacted with representatives from civil society, including youth from different ethnic, religious and socio-economic communities, local business and political members, civil administration and representatives of mainstream media,” the MEA said