India to lift travel advisory on Kashmir two months after crackdown

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SRINAGAR – India will lift a travel advisory on the disputed region of Kashmir on Thursday, authorities said, two months after the government launched a security crackdown before removing the state’s special status.

Thousands of Indian tourists, pilgrims and workers fled the Muslim-majority state in early August after authorities issued a security alert.

Telephone and internet services were suspended and public movements restricted in some areas to prevent protests hours before India announced it had revoked the region’s special status.

Some curbs have since been lifted. Media reported on Monday that members of the main National Conference party were allowed to meet two senior leaders detained in the crackdown.

However, mobile and internet services are largely still blocked in the Kashmir valley.

The travel advisory issued on Aug. 2 will be lifted from Thursday, the government of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir said in a statement on Monday.

Kashmir touts itself as a “Paradise on Earth” and known for its mountains, glaciers and Dal Lake, a favorite destination centuries ago for Mughal emperors escaping the summer heat of India’s plains.

However, Britain and other countries still have advisories in place discouraging their citizens from traveling to Jammu and Kashmir, where a grenade attack injured 10 people on the weekend.

However, mobile and internet services are largely still blocked in the Kashmir valley.

The travel advisory issued on Aug. 2 will be lifted from Thursday, the government of Jammu and Kashmir said in a statement on Monday.

Kashmir touts itself as a “Paradise on Earth” and known for its mountains, glaciers and Dal Lake, a favorite destination centuries ago for Mughal emperors escaping the summer heat of India’s plains.

However, Britain and other countries still have advisories in place discouraging their citizens from traveling to Jammu and Kashmir, where a grenade attack injured 10 people on the weekend.

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