Tension grips Kashmir, tourists told to leave valley
According to the state government, intelligence reports signal a possible terrorist attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has said that intelligence reports have warned of a possible attack on the Amarnath yatra pilgrims. Given this, the state released a security advisory in which all tourists have been told to leave the valley as soon as possible. The government has also stopped the Amarnath Yatra.
News media say that security forces have signalled the possibility of terrorists armedd with sniper rifles on the route of the Amarnath Yatra, after which the decision to stop the yatra was taken.
J & K government issues security advisory in the interest of #AmarnathYatra pilgrims and tourists, "that they may curtail their trip in the valley immediately and take the necessary steps to return as soon as possible", keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terrorism threats pic.twitter.com/CzCk6FnMQ6- ANI (@ANI) August 2, 2019
The State Home Department has said that in view of the security of Amarnath pilgrims and tourists, all travel in the valley Is being curbed. Amarnath pilgrims have been advised to finish their journey immediately and leave the valley as soon as possible.
JK Govt has asked Tourists and Amarnath to leave Kashmir- Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) August 2, 2019
Is the government considering any such advisory for locals too?
Should Kashmiris also migrate to other places or is it that our lives do not matter? pic.twitter.com/Tb5SHxK4o5
Shah Faesal, a former IAS officer, tweeted about the advisory. Will the government issue such advice to the locals? Should the Kashmiris also be displaced or are their lives of no significance, he asked.
Seriously? You think an official order telling tourists to leave immediately will not cause them to run from the valley as fast as they can. Which tourist will hang around after seeing this order The airport & highway will be blocked https://t.co/wzVllSqVpk- Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 2, 2019
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has expressed resentment and concern over the security advisory issued by the government. He said is this possible? He warned that there would be a mad rush to leave the valley.
There are also reports that after this advisory, political parties of the state have convened a meeting to discuss the issue.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]