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J&K government asks tourists, pilgrims to leave immediately

August 3, 2019

The Jammu and Kashmir government has issued an advisory for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and tourists, asking them to leave the state immediately. The government order cites security concerns as the reason.

J&K Police and the Indian Army held a joint press conference yesterday and shared information about prospective terrorist action in the valley. The Indian army has confirmed that there are reports of attack on the Amarnath Yatra by terrorists who are supported by Pakistan Army.

This is the first time for such security advisory to be issued for Jammu and Kashmir region.

The notice says, "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."

The former Chief Minister of the state, Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, "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?"

As per reports, the army has recovered a landmine with Pakistan ordnance factory markings and an M-24 American sniper rifle with a telescope along the Amarnath Yatra route.

Centre government has already sent over 25,000 more troops to Kashmir, while 10,000 central troops were deployed in the state a few days ago.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also took to twitter and wrote, "Friends staying in hotels in Gulmarg are being forced to leave. State road transport Corpn buses are being deployed to bus people out from Pahalgam & Gulmarg. If there is a threat to the yatra why is Gulmarg being emptied?"

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