The People United Front (PUF) group held a sit-in protest on Friday, July 5, in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir state) to denounce restriction on civilian traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. The government recently announced a ban on all civilian traffic from 10:00 to 15:30 (local time) each day from Ramban to Qazigund during the Amarnath yatra pilgrimage. Further protests are possible in the coming days along with a heightened security presence and localized disruptions. Transportation disruptions, including to rail services, is expected until the end of the pilgrimage period in August.
The Amarnath yatra is a Hindu pilgrimage held in the summer months. Worshippers walk to a mountain cave at 3888 m (12,756 ft) in central Jammu & Kashmir state. In recent years, more than 600,000 people have participated in the pilgrimage. The Amarnath yatra has previously been a target for Kashmiri militants.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.
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