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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Kashmir shuts amid ‘guided tour’ of foreign delegates to Valley

A shutdown is being observed in Kashmir to protest the arrival of delegation of 24 ambassadors to India, including those from France, European Union and Malaysia.

Shops in Lal Chowk and surrounding areas of the city remained shut as authorities deployed extra security personnel to ensure that the visit of the envoys passes off without any incident.

The delegation arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir for making an assessment of the situation post the abrogation of the erstwhile state’s special status in 2019.

This is the third delegation visiting the valley to assess the ground situation.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir’s former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday that the delegations will come and go but the fact remains that the situation isn’t not good in the disputed region.

She said political leaders have been caged in their own home.

The visit of envoys follows the restoration of 4G internet services in Kashmir after an 18-month-long ban, after the abrogation of Article 370 which granted Kashmir autonomy.

Reports of shutdown were also received from other districts of the valley.

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