REPORT ON THE STUDY TOUR OF BEERSMANS PAUL,Président of the Belgian Association for Solidarity with Jammu and Kashmir BASJAK,to the Indian State of J&K, 28 January – 15 February 2012 – Published on BASJAK *, by Paul BEERSMANS, Geneva, March 2012.
- a. I spent a lot of time on meeting ‘the common man in the street’, in the urban and rural areas as well, all over Jammu Province. I also had the opportunity to meet important persons from J&K State Government and administration, from political parties, from Kashmiri Pandits, from socio-educational institutions, from the press, etc. I did not visit the Kashmir-Valley or Ladakh as I visited these regions in June-July 2011, see this PDF: Jammu and Kashmir State report, June-July 2011.
- b. I went to Katra and Reasi, where I had interaction with many local people. A very interesting experience indeed.
- c. The situation in the visited places was normal. No limitations or restrictions on movement, no abnormal security measures. Shops open early in the morning and close late in the evening, busy traffic, children going to school, men and women, young and old, doing their business, their shopping, having their social meetings, conducting their day to day activities. No strike, no curfew.
- d. I was told that Republic Day was celebrated all over Jammu Province with fervour and joy on 26 January 2012 … //
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