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 who immediately gave them time.

The delegation, according to the spokesman, expressed concerns about the panic situation in Kashmir created by the developments during the day including the advisory issued by the government asking Amarnath Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible.

Governor Malik, according to the spokesman, informed the delegation that there were serious and credible inputs which were available to the security agencies regarding militant attacks on the Amarnath Yatra. “There was a press conference this afternoon by the Corps Commander of the Army and the Director General of Police in which details of the weapons and ammunition recovered 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,” the spokesman quoted Governor Malik as having told the delegation.

“It is in this context that the government had issued an advisory asking Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible. These are a vulnerable group of people who do not know the area and are extremely vulnerable to a terrorist or a fidayeen attack. It is the responsibility of the state to provide security to all its citizens. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, Yatris and tourists have been asked to return. This is to ensure that no terrorist attack takes place on them,” the Governor Malik said, adding that “unnecessary panic is being created by linking this 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. This has been clarified in the evening by the Home Secretary and the Divisional Commissioner.”

The Governor requested the political 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 35A in Baramulla and Srinagar.