Geelani rolls out red carpet for Amarnath yatris
Denying any threat to the Holy Amarnath Yatra, Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday decided to roll-out red carpet for the yatris saying they will receive them as their revered guests.
“Terror threat to the upcoming Amarnath Yatra is a brazen lie and aimed at maligning and discrediting the political struggle of Kashmir… It is our age-old tradition. In future too we will follow this tradition with same spirit and receive the yatris as our revered guests,” said Geelani.
The annual yatra will take off on June 29 and culminate on the Raksha Bandan Day, which falls on August 7. More than two lakh pilgrims have so far registered with Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) for the annual pilgrimage.
More than 200 companies (each company has a strength of 100 men) of paramilitary forces are being deployed for maintaining the security of the yatris right from the Jammu base camp to the holy cave shrine. This is in addition to the local police and other security forces presently posted in Kashmir.
“Kashmiris are not against any religion or its followers. We are pursuing a legitimate struggle for our fundamental rights. Amarnath Yatra is being conducted for decades and the people here have …read more