Meanwhile, earlier this year, several reports claimed that Kashmir was on a list of potential G-20 meeting locations in the run-up to the summit in New Delhi in 2023. According to reports, the Jammu and Kashmir government has formed a five-member panel to coordinate the G-20 summit, which is expected to be held in the union territory next year. The panel was formed in response to a communique sent to the J&K administration by the Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Organizing a G20 summit in J&K would send a strong diplomatic signal to the world about global powers’ alignment with India’s stated position on Jammu and Kashmir. It will also be a snub to Pakistan, which has been lobbying unsuccessfully across diplomatic platforms, including the UN, against India’s decision to repeal Article 370 and revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Islamabad had reached out to its allies to lobby against attending the upcoming G20 summit in Kashmir. “The Government of India may be considering holding a G20-related meeting or event in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir” (IIOJK). “Any such attempt by India is categorically rejected by Pakistan,” a Foreign Occice spokesperson said.