Amarnath yatra suspended due to Kashmir shutdown

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Srinagar: The ongoing annual Amarnath Yatra was suspended today in view of the shutdown called by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) against the assault on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Official sources told Kashmir Reader that no pilgrims were allowed to proceed towards Kashmir valley from the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu today. The decision, they said has been taken in view of the strike called by JRL to protest attempts to abrogate Article-35 A, which accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.

Over 2.71 lakh pilgrims have performed the annual pilgrimage eversince it began on June 28.

The 60-day long Yatra will end on August 26 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.