EU Delegates Discuss J&K Situation With PM Modi
A 28-member delegation of the European Union met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday and discussed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said. The delegation is also expected to visit Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
The visit comes on the heels of a US Congressional meeting in Washington, where a group of lawmakers expressed concern about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the Centre’s move to end the state’s special granted under the Constitution and bifurcate it into two union territories.
Alice Wells, the Acting US Assistant Secretary of State, had said the US State Department had “raised concerns with the Indian government regarding the detentions of local residents and political leaders, including three former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir”.
In a meeting held last week, Alice Wells said that they have urged Indian authorities to respect human rights and restore full access to services, including internet and mobile networks.
The US had earlier agreed that the government’s move in Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter of India. The Centre had also assured the international community that it was taking steps to normalize the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Following the news of the visit, Iltija Mufti, the daughter of detained Kashmiri leader Mehbooba Mufti, tweeted, “Hope they get a chance to speak to the people, local media, doctors and civil society members. The iron curtain between Kashmir & the world needs to be lifted and GOI must be held accountable for pushing J&K into turmoil”.