Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan was asked to leave Jammu and Kashmir immediately on 4 August amid prevailing security tensions. Pathan was in Kashmir for some time now and was a mentor of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA).
The former Indian all-rounder took to Twitter to express his support to the people of Kashmir and the Indian army that is carrying out operations in the state. He took to Twitter to say that both his heart and mind was with Kashmir, its people and the Indian Army. Read Pathan's tweet here:
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.
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.