The group of foreign envoys met Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday at Raj Bhavan in Jammu on the second day of their visit to Jammu and Kashmir, reported Asian News International (ANI).
The delegation led by Ugo Astuto, an EU ambassador, arrived in Kashmir yesterday on a two-day visit and is scheduled to meet government-picked delegations. This is the third visit of foreign envoys since the limited-autonomy of the erstwhile state was abrogated in August 2019.
The diplomats also met the Chief Justice of J-K High Court, Pankaj Mittal, and were briefed by the J-K Police in Srinagar about the various programmes including community engagements and counter-radicalisation.
“Community engagements, counter-radicalisation, the police initiatives in sports, employment opportunities, counselling, and community bond schemes for potential terrorist recruits,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anantnag, Sandeep Chaudhary told a group of foreign envoy.
“How police dealt with challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining a balance between addressing people’s problems and enforcing COVID-19 restrictions,” Superintendent of Police (SP) East Srinagar, Sheema Nabi told the delegation.
“The briefing also discussed the issues like 72 surrenders in 2020, infiltration from Line of Control (LOC) and support of Pakistan Army in helping infiltration, harboring terrorists, training camps, seized weapons supplied by Pakistan, killing of moderate Kashmir voices by terrorists,” reported ANI, quoting unnamed sources.
Quoting the sources ANI reported that the other issues discussed in the meeting were post-August 2019 – “no loss of life in Special Forces’ actions, marked reduction in stone throwing, peacefuly conducted District Development Council (DDC) elections, initiatives of citizen connect, and outreach to the public, 44 Army goodwill schools having 10,000 students in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, assistance to the population of far-flung areas, glimpses of tourism, culture, and achievements of Kashmiri people”.
The delegation interacted with representatives of civil society and the government in Srinagar on Wednesday.