Pakistan maintains that the foreign envoy visit is yet another effort to mislead the global community.
Pakistan on Monday sought to portray the foreign delegation’s visit as an effort by India to mislead the world community.
In a statement issued in Islamabad, Pakistan’s Foreign Office described the planned visit by the diplomats as part of India’s efforts to “mislead the world community”.
“Such guided tours are a smokescreen, aimed at diverting international attention from India’s egregious human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and creating a false impression of ‘normalcy’,” the statement said.
There was no immediate response from Indian officials to the statement.
It is worthwhile to mention that this is the fourth visit by any foreign envoy group to J&K in the last two years after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcation of the erstwhile State into two union territories.
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In January 2019, a 15-member foreign envoys’ delegation arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to J&K and met over 100 people including senior Valley-based politicians, top newspaper editors and grassroots representatives.
A month later in February 2019, a group of 25 foreign envoys of over 20 countries visited Kashmir for a firsthand assessment of the ground situation.
In October 2019, about 23 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) visited J&K on a private tour to assess the ground situation.
The latest visit of foreign delegation is happening less than two weeks after the government restored 4G mobile Internet services in the union territory with most of the other restrictions being eased gradually eased over the past year.