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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in a group photograph with the Members of European Parliament, at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi on October 28, 2019.

The delegation of 27 MEPs, who were briefed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday, also called on Vice President N. Venkaiah Naidu …. reports Asian Lite News

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Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu interacting with the Members of European Parliament, in New Delhi on October 28, 2019.

A European Union (EU) parliamentary delegation that met Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier, has left for Srinagar on Tuesday, in the first visit by a foreign delegation to Kashmir after the revocation of its special status.

The delegation of the MEP, who were briefed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday, also called on Vice President N. Venkaiah Naidu. They met Modi on Monday.

In Kashmir, they will be briefed by the Chief Secretary on why the blockade was necessary, the measures taken to alleviate the woes of the local populace under stress due to the dragnet and how these will be systematically removed.

They will also be briefed by the Director General of Police (DGP) explaining the overall security grid, the presence of sleeping modules, both local and state sponsored proxies from across the border, actions taken against these desperados and the heightened vigil across the security perimeter so that a repeat of the Pulwama attack doesn’t happen.

Details will also be given about the recent terror incidents where Pakistan sponsored proxies were trying to target institutions so that normal life didn’t get restored.

New Delhi: A member of the European Parliament calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Oct 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB) by .
A member of the European Parliament calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Oct 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Their visit comes just ahead of the October 31 formal bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories (UT) – of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Ahead of the bifurcation, the Union government has appointed two Lieutenant-Governors (LG) for the two new UTs, with former close aide of Modi, G.C. Murmu going as the LG to Srinagar.

The opposition parties, including the Congress, have slammed the government over the visit, saying while it was allowing the MEPs, it was preventing Indian leaders from doing so.

Pak Propaganda

The Indian government has deliberately roped in members of the European Parliament (MEP) to apprise them of Pakistan’s double standards in Jammu and Kashmir, with the emphasis being on their death by a thousand cuts strategy of bleeding India in the Kashmir Valley.

It has been done to dispel the false narrative being spread by Pakistan on how Kashmiris are caged.

New Delhi: A member of the European Parliament calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Oct 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB) by .
New Delhi: A member of the European Parliament calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Oct 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

While the delegation met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval in the national capital, it will visit Srinagar on Tuesday where a detailed itinerary has been laid out for them.

The Chief Seceratry will start the briefing and explain why the blockade was necessary, the measures taken to alleviate the woes of the local populace under stress due to the dragnet and of course how over time, these will be systematically removed so that normal life begins to take shape once again.

This will be followed by the Director General of Police (DGP) explaining the overall security grid, the presence of sleeping modules, both local and state sponsored proxies from across the border, action taken against these desperados and the heightened vigil across the security perimeter so that a repeat of the ill-fated Pulwama attack doesn’t happen.

Details will also be given about the recent terror incidents where Pakistan sponsored proxies were trying to target institutions so that normal life didn’t get restored.

Countering Paskistan propaganda at various international fora is the strategic imperative of the Union government. As October 31 approaches and the reorganisation of J&K into two Union Territories begins to take shape, Pakistan’s false rhetoric needs to be countered.

New Delhi: A member of the European Parliament calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Oct 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB) by .
A member of the European Parliament calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Oct 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Since the foreign office has countered everything thrown at them by Pakistani diplomats, it is now the turn of the state administration to showcase the actual reality on the ground in the Kashmir Valley.

In fact, to meet the October 31 deadline, the Union government has appointed two Lieutenant-Governors for the two new UTs, with former close aide of Modi G.C. Murmu going as the LG to Srinagar.

NSA Ajit Doval’s briefing of MEPs on Kashmir looked at the past, present and future aspects of the Kashmir issue:

* NSA gave a historical perspective on the Kashmir issue… How the issue emerged and evolved.

* MEPs were explained about the accession of the state of J&K into India. How Pakistan violated its standstill agreement with the princely state of J&K and sent invaders supported by regular Pakistan Army to forcefully annex J&K.

* The state of J&K signed the Instrument of Accession with India following exactly the same legal procedure as was followed by 550 other princely states. Accession of J&K predates the inclusion of Article 370 in the Constitution.

* Article 1 of the Indian Constitution identifies J&K as one of the Indian states. This was further reiterated and validated by the J&K state legislature.

* The NSA highlighted that “Article 370 was a temporary provision and had been amended earlier too.” It is the only temporary article out of 395 Articles in the Constitution.

* Pakistan never objected to inclusion of J&K as a state of the Indian Union, temporary nature of Article 370 and its subsequent amendments. Moreover, Constitution making and amendments are sovereign function of a state. Under Westphalian law, it is an internal matter of the sovereign of India.

* The NSA briefed about how Article 370 promoted secessionist tendencies, ensured discrimination and was a road block to application of progressive laws of the Indian Union in the state of J&K.

* The NSA highlighted a number of facts about the situation in J&K, which countered false propaganda by Pakistan.

* Doval briefed that there are no restrictions on movement, 100 per cent landline and mobile telephones are functional in J&K. There is no shortage of essential supplies. Best medical care is available.

* All hospitals are functional.

* Though terrorists tried to disrupt return of normalcy by targeting innocent civilians, the state government has made all efforts to ensure normal functioning of economy, educational institutions.

* Inspite of all efforts by Pakistan at spreading false propaganda, it could not get international support. Allegations raised by Pakistan have proved to be wrong.

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