Governor appeals for calm; Mufti, Lone, Faesal restive

Governor appeals for calm; Mufti, Lone, Faesal restive

The Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met a delegation of political leaders including Mehbooba Mufti, Shah Faesal, Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari here, an official spokesman said.

He said that they had sought to meet the Governor whoimmediately gave them time.

The delegation, according to the spokesman, expressedconcerns about the panic situation in Kashmir created by the developmentsduring the day including the advisory issued by the government asking AmarnathYatris and tourists to return as soon as possible.

Governor Malik, according to the spokesman, informed thedelegation that there were serious and credible inputs which were available tothe security agencies regarding militant attacks on the Amarnath Yatra. "Therewas a press conference this afternoon by the Corps Commander of the Army andthe Director General of Police in which details of the weapons and ammunitionrecovered was given. Details of the seriousness of the threats that are therewere also given. They also mentioned that the security forces were going totackle these threats head on and will not allow them to succeed," the spokesmanquoted Governor Malik as having told the delegation.

"It is in this context that the government had issued anadvisory asking Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible. These are avulnerable group of people who do not know the area and are extremelyvulnerable to a terrorist or a fidayeen attack. It is the responsibility of thestate to provide security to all its citizens. Therefore, as a precautionarymeasure, Yatris and tourists have been asked to return. This is to ensure thatno terrorist attack takes place on them," the Governor Malik said, adding that"unnecessary panic is being created by linking this to all kinds of otherissues. A pure security measure is being mixed up with issues with which it hasno connection. That is the cause of the panic. This has been clarified in theevening by the Home Secretary and the Divisional Commissioner."

The Governor requested the political leaders to ask theirsupporters not to mix up matters, to maintain calm and not believe exaggeratedrumours being circulated all around.

The Governor himself had clarified matters on 35A inBaramulla and Srinagar.

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