The 60-day yatra commenced from the twin routes of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag districts on June 28 and till yesterday over 1.65 pilgrims from across the country visited the cave shrine.
The Governor was informed that keeping in view the safety of the yatris, the pilgrimage remained totally suspended on three occasions – June 30, July 4 and July 5 from both Baltal as well as Pahalgam routes and remained.
So far, 36,366 pilgrims have visited the cave shrine by taking the 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 12-km Baltal route in Ganderbal since the commencement of the annual 60-day pilgrimage on June 28, officials said.
'Abu Ismail' had taken charge of the south Kashmir Lashkar after deposing his predecessor ‘Abu Dujana’ who, in turn, was killed last month soon after he joined former Hizb-ul-Mujahideen operative Zakir Rashid Bhat’s newly-formed al-Qaeda affiliate, the Ansar Ghazwa’tul Hind.
"A total of 309 pilgrims - 236 men and 73 women - left Bhagwati Nagar base camp here this morning for Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Kashmir to undertake the pilgrimage to the holy cave, which houses the naturally-formed ice shiv lingam," the officials said.
Monday’s attack in Anantnag district on pilgrims returning from the Amarnath shrine is the “crossing” of a new red line for militants in Kashmir. This is the second such strike on Amarnath pilgrims in the Valley since militancy first emerged in 1990. The reason why this pilgrimage has stayed conflict-neutral is because it is seen as […]