Opposition parties demand statement by Govt on massive troop build-up in Kashmir: Several countries issued advisories asking their nationals to avoid visiting the state

AMIDT media report that Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to visit Jammu & Kashmir after Parliament session to have firsthand information about the reported tense situation there, he has interaction with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau Chief Arvind Kumar, RAW’s Samant Goel, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other concerned officials. There are intelligence inputs that terrorists have made multiple abortive infiltration attempts   to launch an attack similar to the one in Pulwama in February this year compelling   the  Government to  issue advisory  asking Amarnath pilgrims to cut short their pilgrimage  . Other tourists have also been asked to depart from the state as early as possible. A huge number of security personnel have been deployed in the state in the wake of intelligence reports sparking   speculation in political circles. Pakistan abetted terrorists had made repeated efforts to cross the Line Of Control for infiltrating into India between July 29 and July 31. The army said on Saturday that five men of Pakistan’s Border Action Team or BAT were killed while they were trying to cross over to India and strike at an army post in  nearby Keran sector. Pakistan has been asked to take back the bodies of the intruders for last rites, but there has been no response so far. Heavy cross-border firing is continuing in Keran sector, sources told ANI .There has been huge security build-up in the state with the Centre deploying more than 35,000 paramilitary troops. The massive security build-up had triggered rumours in the Kashmir Valley about a possible government move to abrogate Article 35-A.  State Governor Satya Pal Malik has rubbished reports that there is  move to do away with the controversial Article promulgated by a Presidential order. The opposition parties have demanded a statement by Government in Parliament on the latest situation in the sensitive border state. BJP says it will hoist national tricolour at all the Panchayat offices across the state on Independence Day. Meanwhile, it has been decided Home Minister Amit Shah will introduce Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 on Monday in Rajya Sabha. The bill was passed in Lok Sabha on July 1 providing up to 10 per cent quota for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in educational institutions and public employment alongside existing reservations in the state.

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