‘Never seen such panic in Kashmir,’ says Mehbooba, urges PM not to tinker with Article 35A

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Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir said on Friday that she had never seen such panic among the locals in Kashmir. Citing the fresh order that advises Amarnath Yatris and the tourists to leave the Valley, she said has triggered panic among the residents.

Terming the recent developments in the Kashmir Valley as a “psychological war”, the president of PDP, Ms. Mufti said in a press conference that the security advisory that was issued today has created “chaos and confusion among people” and the recent developments have “made the environment very scary”.

Referring to the advisory to the tourists, the Amarnath yatra pilgrims and the deployment of additional troops in Kashmir, Ms. Mufti said, “So many developments have taken place in past few days which make the environment very scary. People are in a panic.”

Questioning the additional troops deployment in Kashmir, that too when the government insisted that the situation is normal, she said, “Why this deployment of security forces when the government says all is normal. Now an advisory to tourists and Amarnath yatris also sends some speculations. On one side they say militancy has decreased then why these advisories are being issued.”

“Some rumours going on that they will tinker with 35A. The way this state has enjoyed constitutional guarantee, it is under threat. People have sacrificed their lives to save their existence but if such things happen, people will rise against. I am not giving any threat,” Mehbooba Mufti said, adding, “There are reports of the government tinkering with the special status of J-K.”

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