Three of Jammu and Kashmir most outstanding politicians Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone were put under house arrest late Sunday night amid a colossal security-built up within the state.
Internet services and mobile services were suspended in many places and everyone public gatherings were prohibited in Srinagar district as section 144 was obligatory from midnight.
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah had on Sunday evening tweeted communicating that he has been enlightened that an “unofficial curfew” was near to begin in Kashmir and thought leaders were going to be detained or will be kept under house arrest.
He tweeted, “If officers in the state government are to be believed mobile internet is going down now, an unofficial curfew is going to start and mainstream leaders are going to be detained. No idea who to believe and where this is heading.”
He also added, “I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store. Allah save us.”
“To the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us but I am a firm believer that whatever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better, we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone, stay safe & above all PLEASE STAY CALM.”
Abdullah further said, that government’s call to prevent Amarnath Yatra, citing security considerations and intelligence inputs concerning the likelihood of terror attacks, was exposed. He added, “So we can debunk the stories that were being fed to the channels about everything that’s been happening in Kashmir over the last few days, including the yatra stoppage, happening because of Pakistan.”
Mehbooba Mufti also tweeted showing her concern.
Earlier on Sunday, leaders of the political parties in Kashmir commanded an all-party meeting in Srinagar to debate the prevailing scenario within the valley.
Kashmir remained on the edge as authorities stepped up security readying at important installations and sensitive areas amid heightened terror threat and flare from hostilities with Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC).
After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to depart the area at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents still throng markets to stock on necessities and curving queues are visible outside outlets and fuel stations.
Former Indian expert Irfan Pathan, the mentor of Jammu and Kashmir state team who was in Srinagar to manage the trials for the U-16 (Vijay merchandiser Trophy) and U-19 (Cooch Behar Trophy) squads, has left Srinagar, at the side of the young players. Pathan was recorded quoting as. “We have for the present delayed the second section of junior team trials…since there has been a government informatory, I had a gathering with Jammu and Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association…Accordingly, it had been determined that boys have to be compelled to be sent back home.”
Various educational institutions also directed their students to vacate hostels.
The officials started, Additional paramilitary forces, that arrived here last week, are deployed across the town and in alternative vulnerable areas of Jammu and Kashmir valley.
Officials also added by saying that the strength of the protection personnel has been accumulated around important installations like the civil secretariat, police office, airport and varied central government institutions within the town. Barricades are erected on several roads, as well as the entry and exit points to Srinagar. Riot control vehicles have conjointly been unbroken on standby in some areas wherever apprehension of law and order disturbances is additional.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that it had been the correct time for US President Donald Trump to mediate on Jammu and Kashmir turmoil.
Pakistan also warned India that they are now ready to reply to any “misadventure or aggression” by the Indian forces because the country’s prime civil and military leadership mentioned the sharp spike in tensions with new Delhi during a meeting of the National Security Committee.
The meeting criticised “Indian actions which might have adverse implications for regional and international peace. Pakistan reiterates that Jammu and Kashmir could be a long-standing unresolved international dispute that desires peaceful resolution. Pakistan also urges India to return forth to resolve the difficulty in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri individuals. Pakistan said that the recent “buildup of forces” is adding “fuel to fire”.