Amid rising tensions 19 girls from Pakistan who are in the city to take part in a youth festival are likely to cut short their visit even as their security cover has been strengthened.

The girls came to the city Tuesday night on a visit of seven days to take part in the ongoing 11th Global Youth Peace Festival.

Pramod Sharma the event organiser told PTI the girls are quot;under a lot of pressurequot; from their parents who want them to go back in light of the developments that have taken place since Army’s surgical strike across the LoC.

quot;The authorities will take a call and they the girls may be sent back as early as tomorrowquot; Sharma said.

As per their earlier schedule the girls were scheduled to visit Shimla also later this week.

Sources said the event organisers have been asked to keep a close watch on all who meet the girls to ensure their safety.

A senior Chandigarh police official said adequate security measures had been taken since their arrival in the city Tuesday night.

quot;These measures had been further strengthened in the wake of developments after the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the LoCquot; he said.

For most of the girls who have come here under the banner of Pakistan’s Girls for Peace Group this is their first visit to India.