Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik said on Friday night that "unnecessary panic" was being created by linking the curtailment of Amarnath Yatra with other issues, and requested political leaders to ask their supporters to maintain calm and do not believe in "exaggerated rumours".
A delegation of Kashmir-based parties, including PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples' Movement chief Shah Faesal and Peoples' Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Reza Ansari met the governor.
The delegation expressed concerns about the panic situation in the Kashmir Valley created by the developments on Friday, including the advisory issued by the government asking Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to return as soon as possible, according to a Raj Bhavan statement.
"Governor Malik informed the delegation that there were serious and credible inputs which were available to the security agencies regarding terrorist attacks on the Amarnath Yatra... It is in this context that the government had issued an advisory asking Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible," the statement added.
Malik said that "unnecessary panic" is being created by linking this measure to all kinds of other issues.
"A pure security measure is being mixed up with issues with which it has no connection. That is the cause of the panic," he said and requested the leaders to ask their supporters "not to mix up matters, to maintain calm and not believe exaggerated rumours being circulated all around".
"The Governor himself had clarified matters on (Article) 35A yesterday in Baramulla and the day before in Srinagar," the statement added. Malik had said in Baramulla and Srinagar that there were no plans to abrogate Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives special powers to Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier on Friday, a press conference was addressed by the Corps Commander of the Army and the DGP in which details of the weapons and ammunition recovered in the state was given. Details of the seriousness of the threats that are there were also given.
They also mentioned that the security forces were going to tackle these threats head-on and will not allow them to succeed. It is in this context, the government had issued an advisory asking Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible.
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Updated Date: Aug 03, 2019 09:52:16 IST