Foreign envoys to visit J&K this week for first-hand assessment of situation

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Srinagar (NVI): Envoys of several foreign countries will undertake a visit to Jammu and Kashmir later this week to get first-hand assessment of the situation in the Union Territory against the backdrop of repeated attempts by Pakistan and its proxies to create a false narrative about the conditions there.

The diplomats, in a group, are expected to travel to the Kashmir region on February 18 and to the Jammu region the next day, according to sources.

The envoys of countries, including those from Europe and Africa, are expected to interact with a cross-section of society in the Union Territory, including those elected to the District Development Councils (DDCs) in the first ever polls two months back.

They are also expected to be briefed by officials from the security establishment regarding the security situation against the backdrop of repeated attempts by Pakistan to disturb peace and cause bloodshed through the acts of terror.

The attempts are being made not only in Kashmir valley but also in the Jammu region. One such attempt was averted only yesterday when an IED, weighing around 7 kgs, was detected at the main bus stand of Jammu.

This will be the first visit by foreign envoys to Jammu and Kashmir since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, foreign diplomats had visited Jammu and Kashmir in two batches in February last year and in August 2019 after the revocation of Article 370.