India Bolsters Security in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir Ahead of G20 Tourism Meeting

India Bolsters Security in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir Ahead of G20 Tourism Meeting

Indian security forces have increased their presence and intensified measures in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) region due to a rise in attacks by freedom fighters. The move comes as the city of Srinagar, the summer capital of the occupied territory, prepares to host a tourism working group meeting of G20 members from May 22 to 24. The meeting is part of a series of discussions leading up to the G20 summit scheduled to take place in New Delhi in September. 

This year, freedom fighters have escalated their attacks in the Jammu region, located across the mountains from the Kashmir Valley where Srinagar is situated. Four attacks in Jammu have resulted in the deaths of ten soldiers and seven civilians. Concerns have been raised among security officials that separatist groups may attempt to advance their cause through an attack before or during the G20 meeting. 

A senior Indian army officer in the region stated, “The timing of these attacks is worrisome as they are planned just before the G20 meeting.” The officer, who requested anonymity due to unauthorized media engagement, emphasized the need for heightened vigilance during this period. 

In response to intelligence reports indicating a potential threat, security forces have taken preemptive measures. Military and police officials have received information suggesting that freedom fighters may target a military-run school in Jammu and take students hostage. As a precautionary measure, these schools have been temporarily closed, and classes have been shifted to online platforms until after the conclusion of the G20 meeting. 

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Security agencies have also increased their efforts in Srinagar, the focal point of the separatist insurgency against Indian rule since 1989. Commandos have been deployed throughout the city, and members of a specialized counter-terrorism force will be stationed at various locations. The objective is to ensure the safety and security of all participants and attendees during the G20 tourism meeting. 

While India intensifies security measures, Pakistan continues to accuse India of violating the rights of Kashmiri Muslim people and raising concerns about the human rights situation in the occupied valley. The longstanding conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir has resulted in tens of thousands of casualties over the years. 

As the G20 tourism meeting approaches, the Indian government remains committed to maintaining a secure environment and ensuring the successful execution of the event. The increased security presence and measures aim to thwart potential threats and provide a safe atmosphere for participants to discuss matters related to global tourism. 

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