Jammu and Kashmir are holiday destinations again
Tourists warned by the Indian government to leave Jammu and Kashmir just days prior to the state was stripped of its special status will undoubtedly be welcomed back from Thursday, On Monday governor Satya Pal Malik said.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration’s information department said: “The Governor directed that the real home Department’s advisory asking tourists to leave the valley be lifted immediately. This is done w.e.f. 10.10.2019.”
The national government had asked the tourists to curtail their stay static in the Valley “immediately” on August 2 immediately after it took the step to call off the annual Amarnath Yatra, citing “intelligence inputs of terror threats”. Within three days of the move, the Parliament scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to the constant state.
The administration had imposed massive security restrictions &ndash also; the arrest of the state’s political leadership, snapping of telephone and phone lines and deployment of additional troops – to avoid any backlash to the controversial move.
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The first rung on the ladder was the announcement of the Block Development Council elections in the constant state, accompanied by the permission granted to a National Conference delegation to meet up detained leaders Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah.
The Governor has been holding situation-cum-security review meetings daily for just two hours generally from 5 to 9 8 pm since August 5. The meetings initially centered on reviewing the security scenario following the imposition of restrictions in the wake of constitutional changes.
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