On Thursday, January 10, the city of Muzaffarabad observed a complete shutdown to protest against environmental issues. The strike was called by an alliance of civil society activists under the banner of Save River, Save Muzaffarabad. Markets, shops, and stores were closed, while street vendors were absents from the streets. A similar strike was held in Garhi Dupatta, 20 km (12 mi) south of Muzaffarabad, in the Jhelum valley. Further related strikes are possible in the coming days.
Due to the high threat of terrorism and other forms of violent crime, individuals in Pakistan are advised to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities (their diplomatic mission or security manager). As a reminder, many Western governments advise their citizens against nonessential travel to Pakistan. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place.
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