A gunfight erupted in the district of Anantnag in the south of Kashmir on Wednesday, October 16, following a raid from the Indian security forces. At least three militants were killed. The incident occurred shortly after the restoration of telephone service and the lifting of a travel ban by the Indian government.
Further security operations and associated violence in Jammu and Kashmir cannot be ruled out over the coming weeks, avoid the area.
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 nearly three months of shutdown, the Indian government lifted travel ban and restored some communication lines in October in a bid to restore normalcy in the disputed region.
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. Business disruptions have also been frequently reported in recent weeks.
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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