The additional deployment of 40,000 paramilitary forces in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) ahead of Amarnath Yatra has raised serious concerns among the residents, who are fearing a false flag operation in the garb of security measures.
Amarnath Yatra, one of the most famous annual pilgrimage destinations of India, is being organized by the government of Jammu and Kashmir from June 30 to August 11.
This year’s pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrine, located at a height of 3,880 metres in south Kashmir, will be held after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and expects to receive an influx of around 0.3 million.
Under the directive of India’s Home Minister Amit Shah, an additional 40,000 troops have been deployed in the areas to conduct counter-terrorism operations proactively against the “militants”. Also,
the Indian authorities have planned to use drone cameras to hover over the pilgrim routes.
However, the move has been seen by Kashmiri leadership and the people of IIOJK as a nefarious design by India with its plan to launch a major offensive against the Kashmiri youth struggling against India’s illegal occupation.
They have also expressed concern that the military deployment could be used to conduct an illegal state election soon after the finalization of the Delimitation Commission report.
The IIOJK residents are fearing that India may use the Amarnath Yatra as an opportunity for state-sponsored terrorism while pursuing its self-serving agenda in IIOJK and also malign Pakistan ultimately.
Over the years, India has been involved in many false flag operations to malign Pakistan. NNI