Kashmir on precipice

Kashmir on precipice

Peace is the most fragile thing in Kashmir as it takes just minutes to get shattered. Till Friday Kashmir was abuzz with tourists and Amarnath pilgrims but the security advisory issued by the government asking them to curtail their stay in the Valley turned everything upside down. Within 12-hours Kashmir turned empty.
Permanent residents of Kashmir are wondering what’s happening. Petrol pumps and ATMs are running dry, hospitals have been put on high alert and leaves of the officials have been cancelled.
A common Kashmiri is storing essentials as the rumours are afloat that the Government of India (GoI) is likely to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir or may turn Kashmir into a union territory.
Political parties have knocked at the door of J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik and he has assured the politicians that there is no major decision on cards. But he was quick to add that till today there is nothing in offing but he is not sure about tomorrow.
Rumours and speculations have pushed Kashmir to edge and everyone has kept his fingers crossed and is expecting something or other will happen.
Former chief minister and vice-president of National Conference Omar Abdullah has demanded that central government should assure the people that nothing is going to happen. But no one from Delhi has given any assurance till now and it seems that something is cooking up. People will come to know about it within two or three days.
All the steps which the government is taking at present seem to be aimed at keeping the situation under control in the Valley as there are fears that law and order situation could deteriorate but there has been no official word about it and these are just speculations with no confirmation from any side.