India to lift travel advisory on Kashmir

Posted On Sep 25 2020 by

first_imgSRINAGAR – India will lift a traveladvisory on the disputed region of Kashmir, authorities said, two months afterthe government launched a security crackdown before removing the state’sspecial status. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’sgovernment said scrapping the state’s special status was necessary to integrateit fully into the rest of India and spur development.(Reuters) Thousands of Indian tourists, pilgrimsand workers fled the Muslim-majority state in early August after authoritiesissued a security alert over possible militant attacks by Pakistan-backedgroups, assertions rejected by Islamabad.  The travel advisory issued on Aug. 2will be lifted from Thursday, the government of Jammu and Kashmir said onMonday. center_img Kashmir is divided between India andPakistan, and both claim the territory in full. Over 40,000 people have beenkilled in an insurgency in the Indian part of Kashmir since 1989. A security force officer stands guard in front of closed shops during restrictions following scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir in Srinagar, India on Sept. 10. REUTERS/DANISH ISMAILlast_img read more