The J&K Government on Friday again pitched for the Union Territory (UT) as one of the “safe and mesmerising” venues for the upcoming G-20 summit to be hosted by India, even as such a move was opposed by Pakistan in the past.
J&K Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta proposed J&K as a venue during a meeting with the Central delegation preparing for the summit being held in 2023.
Mr. Mehta termed J&K’s environment breathtaking and the climate highly conducive for holding such events. “Infrastructure has also been upgraded to a large extent during the past few years and is up to the mark for holding prestigious international events like that of the G-20 summit. The situation here has improved a lot and it is worth noting that for the last one and a half years not a single strike has been observed in the UT,” Mr. Mehta said.
He told the delegation that J&K saw an all-time high in tourist footfall this year at 1.62 crore tourists since January 2022, the highest in 75 years of Independence.
India will assume the G-20 presidency from December 1, 2022, for a one-year period and chair over 200 meetings that aim to secure global economic growth and prosperity.
Pakistan in June this year objected to any move to hold the G-20 meetings in J&K.
“Contemplating on the holding of any G-20-related meeting or event in J&K, in utter disregard of the globally-acknowledged ‘disputed’ status of the territory, is a travesty that the international community cannot accept under any circumstances. Any such controversial proposal from India would be designed to seek international legitimacy for an illegal and tyrannical occupation continuing for over seven decades,” the Pakistan government said.