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High-Level Meeting in Jammu and Kashmir Amid Rising Terror Threats

Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, alongside key officials from the Indian security apparatus, convened a high-level meeting this morning to assess the security status in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was prompted by a series of four recent terror attacks, sparking significant concern.

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In attendance were Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla. The gathering, scheduled shortly before the Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage drawing hundreds of thousands of devotees, underscored the urgency of the security situation.

Among the senior security personnel present were Intelligence Bureau Director Tapan Deka, Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande, incoming Chief of Army Staff Lt General Upendra Dwivedi, and CRPF Director General Anish Dayal Singh.

The Union Territory remains on high alert following the recent wave of terror incidents. One such attack claimed nine lives and left 41 injured in Reasi on June 9, while other incidents resulted in casualties among security forces.

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These consecutive attacks represent a significant challenge for the third term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, known for its efforts to maintain peace in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of its special status in 2019.

Prime Minister Modi, early in his current term, chaired a meeting focusing on the Union Territory’s evolving security situation.

The attacks have also heightened concerns regarding the safety of pilgrims embarking on the Amarnath Yatra, commencing on June 29 and continuing through August 19. Pilgrims typically travel via two routes in Jammu and Kashmir, Baltal and Pahalgam, with over 400,000 visitors to the shrine recorded last year.

Jammu and Kashmir police emphasized the need for coordinated efforts to ensure the safety of all pilgrims.

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