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Source: Dhaka Tribune
In a surprising turn of events, a picture that was widely shared before the G20 Summit as a sign of progress in Indian-controlled Kashmir has been shown to be fake.
The picture was said to be of a changed Boulevard Road in Srinagar, but it turned out to be a picture of the Jhautola area of Patuakhali.
Several people and government agencies in India, such as the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) in Budgam and Jammu and Kashmir, shared the photo and praised it as proof of the city’s growth. Even India’s Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Meenakshi Lekhi, liked the tweet.
Wajahat Farooq Bhat, the head of a local NGO, also shared the picture with the same claim, but he has since taken it down. Aquib Mir and others shared the picture on social media, saying that it was from Boulevard Road in Srinagar and that it had been fixed up to welcome G20 delegates.
But when a reverse image search was done, it was found that the picture had been used as the display picture on a Facebook page for the growth of Jhautola Park in Patuakhali.
Jhautola Park is a place for fun and relaxation in the town of Patuakhali. The park is meant to be a place for people to have fun and help the area grow.
Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who is in charge of planning the G20 event, praised how Srinagar has changed, pointing out how awareness efforts and the arrival of guests have helped.
He said that he thought the meeting would help Jammu and Kashmir’s economy get back on its feet, especially in terms of ecotourism, adventure tourism, and sustainable tourism.
As the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting gets closer, the incident with the misleading picture has made people question whether or not Indian officials’ claims about progress in Kashmir are true.