Amid rising tensions in Jammu and Kashmir, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who was in Jammu and Kashmir mentoring the state's cricket team, has been asked to leave the state and head back to his home. The former all-rounder has been escorted by security officials to the Srinagar airport from where he will head back home.
Irfan Pathan has been in Jammu and Kashmir for quite some time, mentoring the Jammu and Kashmir state cricket team. With the Amarnath Yatra being called off by the government following security concerns in the state, Pathan was escorted to Srinagar airport under high-security cover.
“JKCA has advised Irfan Pathan and other support staff to leave J&K. They will fly out of the Valley on Sunday,” said, JKCA chief executive officer (CEO) Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari speaking in the matter.
Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir for a couple of days after the conclusion of the Parliament session on August 7. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has reiterated that there is no 'imminent panic' in Kashmir, assuring that in case of any development he would keep people informed. He asserted that Pakistan is deliberately keeping the 'borders hot' by heavy shelling with the motive to show it to US President Donald Trump.
Apart from the security concerns by Pakistan Army backed terrorism, Congress along with PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti have been fearmongering over the situation.
Addressing the media on Saturday, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the deployment of security forces in the valley was 'worrisome' and created fear in the people's minds. "There were close 35,000 extra troops sent to Jammu and Kashmir despite there being the least number of casualties of forces and civilians, barring the Pulwama attack. The maximum number of tourists, Amarnath Yatris and labourers are going to Kashmir. In this scenario, sending 35000 troops is worrisome."
Meanwhile, NC leader Omar Abdullah also raised his concerns over the affected tourism industry in the state.