Thousands of people have started leaving Indian-administered Kashmir after the local government issued a security alert related to possible armed attacks in the area, a senior government official said.
The security officials claimed that they had intelligence reports of likely attacks on the routes used by devout Hindus.
The official did not give a specific number, but said most of the 20,000 Hindu pilgrims and Indian tourists – and more than 200,000 labourers – were leaving the region.
About 60 international tourists arrived in Kashmir on Saturday, however, the official said.
Germany, the United Kingdom and israel warned their citizens against travelling to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Travellers staying in Kashmir (especially the Kashmir Valley and the Amarnath Yatra Pilgrimage Route) are advised to leave Jammu and Kashmir,” the German ministry of foreign affairs said.
According to a report, Indian aviation authorities told airlines to prepare to operate additional flights from Srinagar to bring back pilgrims and tourists.
Indian Army on Saturday, claimed that at least seven militants were killed as it foiled a Border Action Team (BAT) action by Pakistan in Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
A Pakistani defense spokesperson dismissed India’s assertions as “mere propaganda”, calling them “blatant lies”.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister has voiced concern in letters to the United Nations Secretary General and the presidents of the Security Council and the General Assembly, it said.