Amit Shah to visit Jammu and Kashmir on June 26 for first time as Home Minister

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Jammu and Kashmir for two days beginning June 26.

Shah was scheduled to visit the Valley for a day on June 30. However, the visit has been advanced due to the minister’s “busy schedule” in connection with the Union Budget.

According to a report in IANS, the Home Minister will chair a high-level security meeting in Srinagar during his visit. He will also address BJP workers and Panchayat members separately during the visit.

Shah is also expected to meet J-K Governor Satya Pal Malik and discuss the prevailing security scenario in the state.

This is Amit Shah’s first visit to the Valley after he took over as the home minister.

It is an acid test ahead for Amit Shah in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Shah has been a staunch advocate of zero-tolerance towards terrorism in Kashmir.

Tackling activities of anti-national elements and terrorism are the main challenges that Shah faces in Kashmir in his capacity as the Home Minister.

Protests erupted in Jammu and Kashmir days after Amit Shah took charge of the Home Ministry in the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

Protesters put up posters supporting terrorist Zakir Musa and UN-designated terrorist Masood Azhar while resorting to stone pelting at security forces near Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.

The banners showed writings supporting anti-national sentiments.

Posters with messages such as “Musa Army”, “Kashmir Banega Pakistan” with the picture of JeM chief Masood Azhar alongside were on display.

Banners also carried the photograph of Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber Adil Dar, who had rammed his RDX-laden vehicle into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama killing 40 personnel.

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