Valley is on edge, GOI must clarify situation: Mehbooba

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 03 : Former chief minister and (Peoples Democratic Party) PDP President Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that it is a travesty that the Central government has not made efforts to reach out and clarify on the situation in the state.

“Yet again the valley is on edge. It’s a travesty that Central government hasn’t made efforts to reach out and clarify recent developments,” the (PDP) leader said in a tweet.

She also added that she will meet party workers in Budgam and create awareness about Kashmir’s special constitutional provisions.

Earlier Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration asked the Amarnath yatra pilgrims and the tourists to curtail their stay in the Kashmir Valley and leave as soon as possible. Citing a security threat based on the intelligence inputs, the J&K government also called off the Amarnath yatra.

The security advisory to the Amarnath pilgrims and the tourists in the Kashmir Valley read: “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 administration was prompted to curtail the Amarnath yatra after the Indian Army said that Pakistan terrorists were plotting to carry out an attack on the ongoing pilgrimage and that the security forces had recovered a Pakistan Ordnance factory anti-personnel mine from a terror cache.

Several political parties, including the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reacted strongly to the security advisory which, the parties said, has triggered panic and confusion among the Kashmiri locals.

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