Fingers crossed

Fingers crossed
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As the two month long Amarnath Yatra has commenced the focus of the administration is has completely on ensuring that fool proof security arrangements are made to ensure smooth conduct of the annual pilgrimage.
According to the media reports Ministry of Home Affairs is directly monitoring the security arrangements and everything has not been left on the state government. Already more than 2 lakh pilgrims have registered themselves for the Yatra and number is likely to increase in coming days.
Authorities have kept their fingers crossed as the memories of last year’s attack on pilgrims, which left 7 yatris dead, are still afresh and administration doesn’t want to take any chances. The 400-km Yatra route has been secured and the forces personnel have been deployed in strength to thwart any attacks.
Just before the commencement of the pilgrimage the militant outfit Hizbul-Mujahideen said that Amarnath Yatris are the guests of Kashmiris and they are welcome. This statement is significant as the notion is being created that militants may attack the pilgrims and threat perception is high.
For Governor’s administration Amarnath Yatra is a big challenge and it has to ensure that all goes well. It’s the first test for the new administration which has taken over the reins of the state recently after the fall of the PDP-BJP government.
No one in Kashmir has ever opposed this annual pilgrimage and a militant outfit issuing a statement in this regard is a significant development. The peaceful conduct of Yatra would at least counter the negative propaganda which has been unleashed against the people of Kashmir. Residents of this strife torn Valley have always proved that they are not against any religion or faith and they once again have to prove propagandist wrong.