Indian army says militants may attack Hindu pilgrimage in Kashmir

Udhampur (Jammu and Kashmir), June 17 (ANI): Indian army on Monday said militants might attack Hindu pilgrims going to revered Lord Shiva shrine in Jammu and Kashmir.

Lieutenant General, Kaiwalya Trivikran Parnaik, intelligence reports pointed that rebels could disrupt Hindu pilgrimage as well as tourism in the state.

"As far Amarnath pilgrimage and tourism are concerned, I would say in the last two years, we witnessed very fruitful seasons," said Parnaik in Udhampur.

"As per intelligence reports, their (militant) intention is to disrupt both," he added.

"We have to be cautious. These statements and their intentions really mean nothing as of now and we will have to wait and watch. We hope and wish that they improve because it is good for people on both sides," he further added.

Braving militant threats and inclement terrain, thousands of pilgrims undertake this journey to the cave shrine of Amarnath, where the Shivlinga is made of ice and is located at a snow-capped mountainous peak of the Himalayas.

It commences on June 25 every year and concludes in August.

Parnaik also played down Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's peace overtures to India.

After wining national elections, Sharif said he would work towards improving ties with India. (ANI)


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