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IIOJK in focus

Amit Shah summons high-level meet on IIOJK in New Delhi tomorrow

New Delhi, June 02 (KMS): Alarmed by the unabated target killings by unknown gunmen in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK),  Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party government has convened a high-level meeting in New Delhi tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the situation.

The meeting will be chaired by Indian Home Minister Amit Shah. The spate of targeted killings has sparked fear among Kashmiri Pandits living and working in Kashmir Valley with many of them threatening to migrate enmasse from Kashmir.

IIOJK Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, and senior functionaries of the central government and authorities in IIOJK have been summoned to Delhi for the meeting which is also expected to take stock of the arrangements for the upcoming annual Amarnath pilgrimage, being held after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the second high-level meeting in less than a fortnight on the Kashmir issue.

During the previous meeting, it was also decided to enable WiFi hotspots to ensure connectivity throughout the 39 km of Amarnath yatra route from Pahalgam in south Kashmir.

The other route is through Baltal in central Kashmir where a pilgrim treks for nearly 15 km. The yatra could not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and was cut short in 2019 just before the abrogation of Article 370. About three lakh pilgrims are likely to take part in the pilgrimage that is expected to end on August 11.

About 12,000 paramilitary personnel (120 companies) in addition to Jammu and Kashmir Police are expected to be deployed along the two pilgrimage routes, one from Pahalgam and the other via Baltal, officials said. Drone cameras will help the security forces to ensure the protection of the pilgrims.

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