Srinagar: Daughter of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, Iltija, on Wednesday termed the visit of foreign envoys to Kashmir as “orchestrated diplomacy”. She that it was something that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “would be proud of”.
“How lovely! Kim Jong-un would be proud of such orchestrated diplomacy. The only thing missing is presence of 3 former J&K ex CMs in this ‘curated shikara’. I’m sure they’d have lots to share,” Iltija said in a tweet from her mother’s Twitter handle.
Notably, Iltija was reacting to tweets by Afghanistan’s envoy to India Tahir Qadiry, showcasing the beauty of Dal Lake here.
Iltija also questioned how the Afghan envoy was able to access Twitter as the social media sites were banned in Kashmir.
“Your excellency please do enlighten us Kashmiris about which VPN you are using to tweet? We will also download and tweet freely,” she said.
Iltija hoped that the envoys would question the authorities here about the internet shutdown and detention of political leaders under the Public Safety Act.
“Hope you & @EU_in_India question GOI about Internet ban since 5th August & economic losses suffered GOI muzzling local media in Kashmir release of detainees inc 3 ex CMs slapped with draconian PSA troop deployment to create fear amongst people. Normalcy’s an illusion,” she added.
Earlier in the day, the second batch of foreign envoys arrived in Srinagar for a two-day visit, starting today, to the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Their visit to the Valley came almost a month after another batch of foreign envoys visited Kashmir.
The batch has 25 foreign envoys, including those from Germany, Canada, France, New Zealand, Mexico, Italy, Afghanistan, Austria, Uzbekistan and Poland. Envoys of the European Union (EU), too, are members of this delegation.
The visit has been organised by the Centre to demonstrate measures taken by it to restore normalcy in the region post abrogation of Article 370 in August last year.