Srinagar: The European Union MPs have been criticized by Jammu and Kashmir for their efforts. The European lawmakers were addressing select media – many, including local Kashmiri newspapers – a tour of Srinagar that included a shikara ride on Dal Lake Dal Lake on Tuesday as they visited Jammu and Kashmir under heavy security and a shutdown in parts of the state. This is the first time an international team has been allowed in Jammu and Kashmir. The opposition has questioned how foreign MPs have been allowed in the state when politicians in India have been denied the opportunity.
Here are the top 10 updates on this big story:
- "We, the international delegation, fully support India's efforts for the lasting peace and end of terror … We thank the Indian government and the local administration for their warm hospitality," one of the MPs said.
- We We are Indian citizens and we want to be … law law Another lawmaker said.
- The MPs have traveled in bullet-proof vehicles with a security convoy as they were taken from the airport in Srinagar to a luxury hotel in the city on Tuesday. The lawmakers are mainly from far-right parties; only three of the 27 MPs belong to the Left or liberal parties. All of them are visiting India in their private capacity.
- After a traditional Kashmiri welcome, the leaders were briefed by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and police chief Dilbag Singh. The team also interacted with some newly-elected panchayat members and councillors. Visuals showed the group driving through the deserted roads of Srinagar, taking their drive past them.
- Kashmiri political party could meet the EU lawmakers. Two MPs of National Conference said they were blocked from meeting the group.
- A visit to Dal Lake, Srinagar's most prominent tourist draw, where the MPs were seen taking a boat ride. PTI reported that the boating took place near the Centaur Hotel, where more than 30 politicians and activists have been under detention since August 5.
- Chris Davies claimed that he was dropped from the trip because he asked for an unfettered access to people and places in Kashmir for a fair assessment. The Liberal Democrat MP said: "I am not prepared to take part in a PR stunt for the Modi government and pretend that all is well. It is very clear that democratic principles are being subverted in Kashmir, and the world needs to start taking notice . "
- The European Union parliamentarians visited Jammu and Kashmir on a day when five labors from West Bengal were killed by terrorists in Kulgam district. Another laborer was injured in the attack.
- After the MPs met Modi on Monday, a statement from his office had said, "Their visit to Jammu and Kashmir should give the delegation a better understanding of the cultural and religious diversity of the region of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh; apart from giving them a clear view of the development and governance priorities of the region. "
- Opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi. "I think if you let the European Union parliamentarians, you should also let the politicians from India. So there is some kind of disbalance, the government should somehow address it," agency ANI.
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