Members of European Parliament visit Kashmir to assess situation in Valley after abrogation of Article 370 [Photos]

A delegation of 23 EU MPs arrived in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar for a 'first-hand' assessment of the situation in the state, in the backdrop of complete shutdown and clashes between people and security forces in several parts of the city.

FP Staff October 30, 2019 13:27:13 IST
A delegation of 23 EU MPs arrived in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on Tuesday for a "first-hand" assessment of the situation in the state, in the backdrop of complete shutdown and clashes between people and security forces in several parts of the city and the Kashmir Valley. PTI
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A delegation of 23 EU MPs arrived in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on Tuesday for a "first-hand" assessment of the situation in the state, in the backdrop of complete shutdown and clashes between people and security forces in several parts of the city and the Kashmir Valley. PTI
The team originally comprised 27 parliamentarians, many from extreme-right or right-wing parties, but four did not travel to Kashmir and have reportedly returned to their respective countries, officials said without divulging the reason. ANI
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The team originally comprised 27 parliamentarians, many from extreme-right or right-wing parties, but four did not travel to Kashmir and have reportedly returned to their respective countries, officials said without divulging the reason. ANI
A convoy of security vehicles escorted the MPs, who were travelling in bullet-proof jeeps, from the airport to their hotel. PTI
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A convoy of security vehicles escorted the MPs, who were travelling in bullet-proof jeeps, from the airport to their hotel. PTI
There was a complete shutdown in Srinagar and at least four people were injured in numerous clashes between protesters and security forces in various parts of the Valley. PTI
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There was a complete shutdown in Srinagar and at least four people were injured in numerous clashes between protesters and security forces in various parts of the Valley. PTI
People put up blockades in at least five different places in Srinagar, including downtown Srinagar and 90 Feet Road. Shops and business establishments were closed and vehicles were off the roads due to the clashes. PTI
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People put up blockades in at least five different places in Srinagar, including downtown Srinagar and 90 Feet Road. Shops and business establishments were closed and vehicles were off the roads due to the clashes. PTI
These 23 EU MPs are part of the first group of high-level foreign visitors to Kashmir after the 5 August decision of the Centre to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 and bifurcate the state into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. AP
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These 23 EU MPs are part of the first group of high-level foreign visitors to Kashmir after the 5 August decision of the Centre to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 and bifurcate the state into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. AP
After the visiting delegation wound up their trip to Kashmir, they made it clear that the terrorism affecting the Valley is not India's problem alone but an issue for the international community. PTI
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After the visiting delegation wound up their trip to Kashmir, they made it clear that the terrorism affecting the Valley is not India's problem alone but an issue for the international community. PTI
Extending support to India's fight against terror, the visiting delegation while condemning the latest act of terror in the Valley unequivocally said that the purpose of the visit was to ascertain the region’s reality. The MEPs made no mention of Article 370 in the press conference they held in Srinagar. PTI
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Extending support to India's fight against terror, the visiting delegation while condemning the latest act of terror in the Valley unequivocally said that the purpose of the visit was to ascertain the region’s reality. The MEPs made no mention of Article 370 in the press conference they held in Srinagar. PTI