Army says Pak plans attack on Amarnath Yatra, yatris asked to curtail their stay

The Indian Army today said it has confirmed inputs about Pakistan planning an attack on the Amarnath Yatra. Chinar Corps Commander Lt General KJS Dhillon said the neighbour was trying to disrupt peace in the Valley but they would not be tolerated.

Dhillon said, “Situation on the Line of Control is under control and very much peaceful. Infiltration bids from Pakistan side are being successfully thwarted. Type of IEDs we are examining and the IED expert terrorists we are capturing and eliminating point to the fact that Pakistan is trying to disrupt peace in Kashmir. We assure ‘awaam’ of Kashmir that no one will be allowed to disrupt peace.”

He also said that a Pakistan Army landmine was also recovered from one of the caches of terrorists which clearly indicated that Pakistan Army is involved in terrorism in Kashmir. “An M-24 American sniper rifle with a telescope was also recovered from a terror cache along Shri Amarnath ji route,” he added.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh, who also addressed the joint briefing, said: “The overall number of active militants in the Valley and in the Jammu region has come down.”

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday asked Amarnath Yatris and tourists in Kashmir to “immediately” curtail their stay and leave the valley. The advisory, issued by the state’s home department, cited intelligence inputs about terror threats.

“Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific targeting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the Valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible,” the Jammu and Kashmir government order said.

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