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Kashmir, August 2: With a new security advisory issued warning Amarnath Yatris to curtail their stay in Kashmir, the situation in the valley has gotten tenser with politicians resorting to twitter, Press Conferences and meetings speculating on what is happening in Kashmir.
Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leader, and former CM met with Dr Shah Faesal, Sajad Lone and Imran Ansari while urging NC Chief Farooq Abdullah to call an All-Party meeting. NC President Dr. Farooq Abdullah assured full support to PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and decided to call All-Party Meeting tomorrow.
She tweeted, “After a brief discussion, we called on Shri Satyapal Malik ji, Governor J&K & requested him to dispel rumours that’ve caused a sense of panic in the valley. Thankful to Farooq sahab,
@sajadlone, @imranrezaansari and @shahfaesal for their time today.”
In a tweet, Dr Shah Faesal said that they were heading to meet Governor Satya Pal Malik regarding the existing panic and chaos in Kashmir Valley. A government order issued by the Principal Secretary Home asking tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to curtail their stay and to return to their homes immediately triggered panic and chaos across Kashmir. Even as tourists and pilgrims were in a hurry to go back to their home states, locals too were seen stocking essentials and filling the tanks of their vehicles with petrol. At the ATMs, long queues were seen with people withdrawing money.
The Government advisory came in the aftermath of reports of 28000 additional troops getting deployed in the valley.
The advisory was followed by minute-by-minute reactions of political leaders in the valley.
While addressing a Press Conference, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti said, “I have never seen such panic. One one side, Governor Sahib says that the situation is normal. On the other side, deployment of additional forces is being done. The PM talks of winning the hearts of people of J&K. Then, why are such rumours doing the rounds? The Amarnath yatris & tourists are being sent back. But, you are not thinking where the Kashmiris, people of Jammu and Ladakh will go?”
Ever since the deployment of 10000 paramilitary troops in Kashmir Valley on Wednesday, chaos has ensued with people speculating about the cause of such troop mobilization. While some relate it with the attempt of abrogating Article 35-A, rumours have related it even with the trifurcation of the state.
The fear and chaos began with the Tweet of Dr Shah Faesal who tweeted, “This MHA communique regarding deployment of additional 100 Coys of CAPF is fueling huge anxiety in Kashmir. No one knows why this sudden mobilization of forces is being done. Rumor is that something sinister is about to happen. Article 35a? It is going to be a long night.”
Governor Satya Pal Malik in a statement dispelled all rumours about the abrogation of Article 35-A saying that “Everything is normal” in Kashmir.
Yet, a delegation comprising National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Member Parliament Hasnain Masoodi met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him not to take any step which may cause a law and order situation to arise in the state.
PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also tweeted on the matter, “Centre’s decision to deploy additional 10,000 troops to the Valley has created fear psychosis amongst people. There is no dearth of security forces in Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir is a political problem which won’t be solved by military means. The Indian government needs to rethink and overhaul its policy.”
Top officers of the Jammu and Kashmir’s security grid comprising Lt General KJS Dhillon, DGP Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir S P Pani and ADG CRPF Zulfikar Hassan addressed a press conference on Friday saying that they had received intel of plot to target Amarnath Yatris.
In Srinagar district, people rushed to petrol pumps, shopping malls to stock up on necessities while DC Srinagar issued a statement that “We have sufficient stocks of all essentials including food, fuels and medicines. Roads are open, replenishment is routine. People are requested to avoid hoarding and panic shopping.”
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar also commented upon the situation that the situation developing on the ground over the past week with the deployment of thousands of additional forces and government orders circulating has alarmed people and they have become apprehensive of something happening.