The Jammu and Kashmir government on friday imposed a restriction on the pilgrims. The restriction states that the Amarnath yatris should leave J&K as soon as possible. The same notice has been issued to all the tourist “to cut down their stay and return”.
The government has done it in the wake of intelligence inputs of “specific terror threat” given by the Indian Army.
The Principal Secretary (Home) issued a security advisory to all the citizen saying pilgrims and tourists “may curtail their stay” and “return as soon as possible.
He quote, “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 the safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, It is advised that they may curtail their stay and return as soon as possible,”.
Earlier today, in a media briefing Indian army officials, said that security forces have recovered a Pakistan-made mine. a huge cache of arms from along the Amarnath Yatra route.
“There were confirmed intelligence reports in previous three- four days that the Pakistan based terrorist and Pakistan’s army is trying to disrupt Amarnath Yatra and based on that a thorough search was conducted. We had major successes in these searches,” said Chinar Corps Commander Lt General KJS Dhillon.
“The searches are still going on. The Pakistan Army is desperate to disrupt peace. This is not going to happen at all. No one can disrupt the peace,” said an army official.
Over the past few days, the movement of central paramilitary personnel who are being airdropped in sorties, has fueled speculation about security threats in Kashmir.
Some 10,000 central personnel were ordered to the state about a week ago and reports suggest more have been sent since then. The reports of a surge in troop deployment coincided with inputs of a terror strike around August 15. On Thursday, the centre reportedly sent over 25,000 more troops to Kashmir. This is surely fueling speculation that something major was afoot.
The last time Kashmir saw such heavy presence of troops was after the Pulwama terror attack in February.