Guwahati: Following intelligence inputs of terror threats, the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and tourists have been asked by the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government to “immediately” cut short their stay in the Kashmir Valley and take “necessary measures” to return their homes as soon as possible.
It may be mentioned, a number of people from Assam participate in the Amarnath Yatra every year.
“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 J&K government said.
Reacting to the security advisory, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted,” What “ongoing situation” in Kashmir would require the army AND the Air Force to be put on alert? This isn’t about 35A or delimitation. This sort of alert, if actually issued, would be about something very different.”
He added, “Although this unprecedented order would seem to suggest a genuine fear of a massive terror strike directed at Amarnath ji yatris or/and tourists this will do nothing to dampen the sense of fear & foreboding that prevails in the valley at the moment.”