Visit to J&K Kashmir should give a better understanding of the cultural, religious diversity, PM Modi ahead of EU delegation’s Kashmir visit

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SRINAGAR: As Government allowed the European Parliamentary Panel to visit Kashmir on October 29, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that visit to Jammu and Kashmir should give a better understanding of the cultural and religious diversity of the regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh to the delegation.

The prime minister also hoped that it will give them a clear view of the development and governance priorities of the region, it said. Without naming any country, Modi said urgent action is required against all those who support or sponsor “terror” activities and use “terrorism” as a state policy.

Quoting a source from Delhi and Srinagar, a report by The Hindu said that a 28-member delegation comprising Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from Italy, Britain, France, Germany, and Poland will visit Srinagar on Tuesday. On Monday, they met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended a lunch hosted by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval. They met a few mainstream Kashmiri leaders, including former Minister Muzaffar Beigh from the PDP and winners of the Block Development Council polls in Jammu and Kashmir last week.

“PM Modi expressed the hope that [the MEPs]have a fruitful visit to various parts of the country, including Jammu and Kashmir,” said an official statement. “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,” it added.

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