Panic has gripped Jammu and Kashmir as speculations grew in the Valley about some possible major decisions regarding the state’s special status.

Former CM Mehbooba Mufti said the state government’s advisory to Amarnath pilgrims and other tourists to curtail their visit “immediately” in view of the security situation in the state, has created chaos and confusion among people.

However, Governor Satya Pal Malik said “unnecessary panic” was being created by linking the curtailment of Amarnath Yatra with other issues, and requested political leaders to ask their supporters to maintain calm and do not believe in “exaggerated rumours”. Malik had said that there were no plans to abrogate Article 35A.

Border Security Force on Saturday said, “A Pakistani intruder has been apprehended by BSF near Ferozepur in Punjab. Concerned authorities are questioning him about his whereabouts and intentions. Nothing objectionable recovered from him.”


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