Srinagar, Jun 27: Amarnath Yatra the symbol of Kashmir heritage and ethos is slated to begin soon. The Yatra is not just a simple religious pilgrimage but a fusion of Hindu Muslim Brotherhood as Muslim community has been caretaker of this sacred pilgrimage since centuries.
In a heartwarming recent development the top Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo on Tuesday said that Amarnath Yatris were their guests and that the reports suggesting that militants were planning to attack them were baseless.
Amid chants of Bam-Bam Bhole, the first batch of pilgrims for the annual 60-day pilgrimage of #AmarnathYatra, left from #Jammu’s base camp on Wednesday under heavy security cover. The pilgrims will start their journey to the 3,000-metre high cave shrine by foot on Thursday.
The Governor’s office said at least two lakh pilgrims have registered to go on the Yatra this year.
Gulzar Ahmad, a pony rider while talking to The Kashmir News Bureau stated:
“Yatris are our esteemed guests and we adore them deeply. We hope the Yatris come in good numbers this year too as we are ready to welcome. We are also praying everything passes smoothly and this Yatra brings with it peace and prosperity to Kashmir and helps us regain the lost tranquility. The govt should also ensure on its part that Amaranth Yatris get full support and cooperation and do their yatris in an eased manner.”
The top resistance leader Zafar Akbar Bhat while welcoming the Amaranth Yatris termed them as revered guests and suspended his party’s activities in the Amaranth Yatra related areas.
This year’s Amarnath Yatra starts days after the BJP pulled out of the alliance with the PDP forcing Governor’s rule in the state. The BJP had cited the deteriorating security and law and order situation in Kashmir as one of the main reasons to end the alliance, reported Indian express.
Reports reached KNB that, “Around 40,000 security personnel from the police, paramilitary forces, National Disaster Response Force and the Army have been being deployed this year.
Without a doubt, the Amaranth Yatra has started on a positive note. (KNB)