Security officials have issued the second highest security alert at airports in Amritsar, Pathankot, Srinagar, Avantipur, Jammu, and Hindan after receiving intelligence regarding a possible suicide attack by militants from Jaish-e-Mohammed, according to local media outlets. Authorities have consequently increased the security presence in the Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab states, and are reportedly reviewing security measures in the affected airports.
A heightened security presence, along with an increased wait time at checkpoints and at the affected airports, is expected in the coming days or weeks.
Tensions remain high across the region after Indian Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to parliament that Article 370 in the Constitution, which accords Jammu and Kashmir a special autonomous status, be revoked. He also proposed that Jammu and Kashmir be reorganized as a Union Territory with an Assembly, and Ladakh be a separate Union Territory with no legislature.
After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landline and internet services in many areas. Thousands protested the move in Srinagar in the weeks since the announcement and imposition of the curfew, with protesters clashing with security forces and obstructing traffic on major thoroughfares. Business disruptions have also been frequently reported in recent weeks.
Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab states are advised to monitor developments to the situation, expect heightened screening and other security measures and longer wait times at airports, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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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