NEW DELHI - After nearly three months since the Indian government launched a security crackdown in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), the Indian government has decided to lift the travel advisory on the region.
“The governor directed that the Home Department’s advisory asking tourists to leave the Valley be lifted immediately. This will be done with effect from October 10,” *India Today *quoted an official spokesman. However, the United Kingdom and other countries still have advisories in place discouraging their citizens from visiting the IoK.
In August, thousands of Indian tourists, pilgrims and workers fled from the region after authorities issued a security alert. Before repealing the special status granted to IoK, the government restricted public movements to prevent protests.
The Indian government also imposed a curfew and suspended telephone and internet service in the region. It has been over 60 days since IoK has been in lock down. Several patients have died due to suspension of internet and landline services.