European lawmakers in Kashmir amid tensions

News | DW | 29.10.2019

Twenty-seven MEPs, many of them from far-right parties, are visiting Kashmir after holding talks with Indian PM Modi. It’s the first foreign delegation to enter the region since New Delhi scrapped its special status.

A group of European Parliament members, many of them from far-right parties, arrived in India-administered Kashmir on Tuesday.  

It’s the first foreign delegation to travel to the Himalayan region since New Delhi revoked its semi-autonomous status and imposed a harsh crackdown in early August.  

Of the 27 EU lawmakers, many belong to anti-establishment outfits like the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France. Sitaram Yechury, an Indian opposition politician, criticized the delegation as “overwhelmingly from ultra-right wing, pro-fascist parties.”  


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