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Pak briefs diplomatic missions on Kashmir amid foreign envoys’ ‘guided visit’ to Valley

As foreign envoys are in Jammu and Kashmir on a “guided tour”, Pakistan has briefed the heads of diplomatic missions in Islamabad about the latest situation in the disputed Himalayan region.

The envoys from the EU, France, Malaysia, Brazil, Italy, Finland, Bangladesh, Cuba, Chile, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Senegal, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ireland, Ghana, Estonia, Bolivia, Malawi, Eritrea and Ivory Coast arrived amid heightened security arrangements in Srinagar and elsewhere in the valley.

Foreign Office said in a statement that Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood’s briefing to the envoys was part of Pakistan’s regular diplomatic outreach to keep the international community fully apprised of the developments relating to Kashmir and the region.

Mahmood called upon the international community to take cognizance of the situation in Kashmir and facilitate efforts for peaceful resolution of the issue in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.

New Delhi has been maintaining its stand that “talks and terror” cannot go together as it continues to ask Islamabad to take demonstrable steps against terror groups responsible for launching various attacks on India.

The ties between India and Pakistan came under severe strain after India’s war planes pounded Balakot in Pakistan in February 2019 in response to the Pulwama attack and subsequently PIA downing an Indian Air Force plane and capturing its pilot.

The relations further deteriorated after India in August 2019 announced withdrawing special powers of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.

India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was its internal matter.

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