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08 Oct 2019 | 11:48 AM UTC

India: Government lifts travel restriction for Jammu and Kashmir October 10

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Travel restriction lifted by government for Jammu and Kashmir October 10; remain vigilant

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/10/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

On Tuesday, October 8, the Indian government announced it will lift its travel restrictions for the state of Jammu and Kashmir starting Thursday, October 10. The travel restriction was originally issued on Friday, August 2, forcing 340,000 tourists and pilgrims to leave the disputed region ahead of the removal of the state's special status on Monday, August 5.

Despite the lift, mobile and internet services were still reportedly blocked in multiple areas of Jammu and Kashmir as of Monday, October 7, two months after the security crackdown in the region.

Context

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After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landline and internet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.

Advice

Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests, prepare for lingering disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Some foreign embassies maintain travel advisory for the disputed region, and advise against all but essential travel, notably in areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.

 

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