As Govt Tells Amarnath Yatris, Tourists to Leave Kashmir, Valley Struck by Fear of the Unknown – By Mudasir Ahmad
A fresh advisory issued by the Jammu and Kashmir government asking Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and tourists to cut short their stay in Kashmir has added to fears that the Centre might soon take major decisions on the state.
The fresh order from the state home department, which cited the “prevailing security situation” in Kashmir and “intelligence inputs of terror threats” while issuing the direction to the pilgrims and tourists, comes days after the Centre rushed additional troops to the restive region.
The Valley has been in a state of panic for the past one week with the fresh troops triggering speculation that the Narendra Modi-led government might abrogate Article 35A that defines the state’s permanent citizens and grants them exclusive rights. Though both the Centre and administration in J&K, which is under the President’s rule, have tried to play down the troops’ deployment, the fresh order has added to the alarm.…
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