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Paramilitary personnel guarding a Amarnath Yatra base camp near Pahalgam.Reuters

Uncertainty looms over the Kashmir Valley after the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration asked the Amarnath yatra pilgrims and the tourists to cut short their stay in the Valley and leave as soon as possible amid intelligence inputs of terror threats.

The state government's notice to the Amarnath pilgrims and the tourists in the Kashmir Valley read: "Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific targeting of the Amarnath yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the Valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible."

National Conference leader and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah called the advisory as "unprecedented". Former CM Mehbooba Mufti said the J&K government's advisory to Amarnath pilgrims and other tourists to curtail their visit "immediately" in view of the security threat based on the intel inputs, has created chaos and triggered panic in the Valley.

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With situation appearing turbulent in the Kashmir Valley, aviation regulator DGCA advised airlines to remain ready to operate additional flights from the Srinagar airport if the need arises. This advisory came a few hours after J&K administration issued advisory citing intelligence inputs about a terror attack by Pakistan-based terrorists.

"DGCA has advised airlines to remain ready. If there is a need, airlines should be ready to run extra flights," a source told news agency PTI.

Airlines including Air India, IndiGo and Vistara announced that the airlines were temporarily waiving off cancellation and rescheduling charges for flights to and from Jammu and Kashmir.

Vistara tweeted, "Due to the prevailing security situation in Kashmir, we are waiving change and cancellation fees for flights to/from Jammu and Kashmir for the next seven days (till August 9, 2019). Only fare difference, if any, will be applicable for date changes."

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Former J&K CM and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said that the people staying in hotels in Gulmarg were being forced to leave, hours after the Jammu and Kashmir government issued an advisory to the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and tourists to "immediately" cut short their stay.
"Friends staying in hotels in Gulmarg are being forced to leave. State road transport corporation buses are being deployed to bus people out from Pahalgam and Gulmarg. If there is a threat to the yatra, why is Gulmarg being emptied?" he tweeted.

"I have so many questions and not a single answer. I've met people today who occupy important positions to do with J&K, not one of them was able to tell me anything and I've been CM for 6 years. Imagine the plight of your everyday Kashmiri who doesn't know what to believe," the National Conference leader added.

Also, former CM Mehbooba Mufti said there was complete chaos in the state capital Srinagar.

"Complete chaos on the streets of Srinagar. People rushing to ATMs, petrol pumps and stocking up on essential supplies. Is GOI (Government of India) only concerned about the safety of yatris while Kashmiris have been left to their own devices?" Mufti tweeted.

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Panic has gripped the Valley after an advisory by the government asked Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and tourists to cut short their stay and leave amid intelligence inputs of terror threats.