SRINAGAR — Tourists and Amarnath pilgrims left Kashmir Valley on Saturday in the wake of J&K authorities issuing an advisory, asking them to cut short their stay citing security threats.
An official at Srinagar Airport said Indian Air Force flights were pressed into service “as per requirement”.
Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department sent buses on Friday, immediately after the advisory was issued, to different tourist destinations to bring the tourists back to Srinagar, director, Tourism Kashmir, Nissar Wani, said here. He said about 20,000-22,000 tourists were in Kashmir on Friday.
“While most of them have reached Srinagar or have left the Valley, some of them are still staying. Few tourists had gone trekking in Pahalgam area and have not yet returned to their bases. Once they return, we will tell them to leave,” Wani told PTI on Saturday.
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