Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik reiterated that there is no 'imminent panic' in Kashmir, assured that in case of any development he would keep people in the loop and shunned the rumours of trifurcation.
In an exclusive interaction with Republic TV's Zeenat Zeeshan, Malik asserted that Pakistan is deliberately keeping the 'borders hot' by heavy shelling with the motive to show it to the US President Donald Trump.
He said, "I've assured people there is nothing to panic about. According to my communication with leaders in Delhi, there is no eminent panic. As long as the deployment of security officers is concerned, they've been here since the elections. Now they want to go and new forces want to come in. You must have seen in Srinagar, there has been more jet sortie in the past be week. Pakistan is deliberately keeping the borders hot. There has been so much shelling in the past 4-6 days that we had to use such heavy weapons, because they want to show Trump that this is a dispute. This is not related to us. There were rumours of trifurcation, but all these things will happen from the Parliament, this cannot happen in a day. I don't see why people should be worried about."
He reiterated that there are "a lot of rumours" doing the rounds, furthermore asserted that the threat over Amarnath Yatra was "real" and that the decision to curtail the pilgrim.
He said, "There are a lot of rumours. We did not let schools or universities shut in Kashmir and we said in the next 10 days schools would be opened. As long as the Yatris are concerned it is our responsibility, even if something happens to one Yatri there is a repercussion in the entire nation. The threat was real, the press brief by Chinar Corps Lt. Gen must have clarified everything, the type of IED and gun was found is a deadly weapon. If the weapon was used by chance, it would've caused casualty and the entire nation would curse us. This year more Yatris came."
"I'm the Constitutional head, it is my duty to to address their feelings and give them the right information. I don't think its wrong for them to come, Mehbooba ji came at 11 PM and even if she came at 2 AM I would have given her the time. It's their duty and so is it my duty. A whip is given every day since the Parliament has been functional. If it's an extended Parliament then definitely there is some Bill along with it. So it might be some Bill, it is a routine. I can assure people that they should keep calm and if there is any such thing I would honestly let them know that this is the situation. If I get a message from Delhi, I would let people know," he added.
A delegation of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, J&K Peoples Movement chief Shah Faesal and Peoples Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Reza Ansari met the Governor on Monday over the ongoing situation of panic in the valley, wherein they also conveyed their concerns over the advisory issued by the government asking Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to return as soon as possible, according to a Raj Bhavan statement.
"Governor Malik informed the delegation that there were serious and credible inputs which were available to the security agencies regarding terrorist attacks on the Amarnath Yatra...It is in this context that the government had issued an advisory asking Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible," the statement released by the Governor said.
Maintain calm and do not believe rumours - Governor to a delegation of political leaders
The Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Shri Satya Pal Malik met at short notice a delegation of political leaders including Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Mr Shah Faesal, Mr Sajjad Lone and Mr Imran Ansari. They had sought to meet the Governor who immediately gave them time.
The delegation expressed concerns about the panic situation in the Kashmir valley 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 informed the delegation that there were serious and credible inputs which were available to the security agencies regarding terrorist attacks on the Amarnath Yatra. There was a Press Conference today afternoon by the Corps Commander of the Army and the DGP 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.
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.
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 yesterday in Baramulla and the day before in Srinagar.