Members of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) group began a march on Saturday, October 5, from Muzaffarabad (Azad Jammu and Kashmir region) to the Line of Control (LoC). The march is in protest of India's decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir state's special autonomous status. The group, which contains more than 3000 participants, reportedly intends to cross the LoC into Srinagar, the main city in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir state.
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions, including road closures, are expected around the demonstration. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Following a cabinet meeting on August 5, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to parliament that Article 370 in the Constitution, which accords Jammu and Kashmir state 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After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landline and internet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. Kashmir-solidarity demonstrations and protests against India's proposed revocation of the state's special autonomous status have taken place regularly across Pakistan in the weeks following the announcement.
Individuals in Kashmir are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions near protests, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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