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J&K, August 3, 2019:

After the Jammu & Kashmir administration asked tourists and pilgrims of the Amarnath Yatra to leave the valley, airlines have decided that they won’t charge cancellation or rescheduling fees on flights to and from capital city Srinagar.

Air India offered fee waiver till August 15, while carriers like Indigo, Vistara, Spicejet offered waiver till August 9.

Meanwhile, 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 Line 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.

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