Jammu and Kashmir Govt issues advisory for Amarnath yatra pilgrims and tourists

Srinagar, Aug 3 : There is complete chaos and uncertainty  in Jammu and Kashmir  after the government, in a security advisory on Friday, suspended the Amarnath Yatra, and asked tourists to leave the state at the earliest.

The political leaders of the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir are sensing that the Modi government is likely to abrogate Article 35A and for that reason ,a series of government actions  have being implemented since August 1 An estimated 11,000 tourists, including Amarnath pilgrims  and over 200 foreign visitors,  currently in the Valley, have been asked to leave.

The people of state are worried  on the issue regarding what action Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah is going to take.

The Former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that there was complete chaos in Srinagar as a fresh order asking tourists and Amarnath yatra pilgrims to leave the Valley triggered panic among the residents as they started stocking up dry ration and essentials.

 Mufti said that the local Kashmiri people have been rushing to the ATMs, petrol pumps and stocking up the essential supplies after the security advisory.

The order led to panic in Kashmir which has remained tense for the past few days after the Centre ordered the deployment of 100 companies of additional troops in the valley.

The state government issued an advisory to Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to curtail their stay in Kashmir immediately.

“Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats with specific targeting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible,” an order issued by Principal Secretary, Home Department, Shaleen Kabra here read.

Reacting to the security advisory, Mehbooba Mufti also asked the Central government if is it only concerned about the safety of the Amarnath yatris and not the Kashmiri locals who, she said, “have been left to their own devices”.

“Complete chaos on the streets of Srinagar. People rushing to ATMs, petrol pumps & stocking up on essential supplies. Is GOI only concerned about the safety of yatris while Kashmiris have been left to their own devices?” Mehbooba Mufti tweeted. Malik requested the political leaders to ask their supporters not to mix up matters, to maintain calm and not believe exaggerated rumours being circulated. He reiterated that there are no plans to abrogate Article 35A of the Constitution, which accords special status to the state and its residents.

Arti Bali

Sr Journalist

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