Government to allow tourists to visit Kashmir from 10 October


The Jammu and Kashmir administration has said that it will lift the ban on tourists from visiting the valley on Thursday. All tourists were asked to leave Kashmir after the Centre’s Narendra Modi government abrogated Article 370 on 5 August. Since then, the 8 million-plus population of the valley has been forced to live with severe restrictions and denied access to mobile phones or the internet.

the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s information department tweeted, “Governor Shri Satya Pal Malik held a Situation cum Security Review Meeting today with the Advisors and the Chief Secretary. The Governor directed that the Home Department’s advisory asking tourists to leave the valley be lifted immediately. This will be done w.e.f. 10.10.2019.”

Before the government revoked Article 370, the Indian government had asked holidaymakers in Kashmir to immediately leave because of imminent ‘terrorist attacks’ to the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage

The Centre has arrested en masse all political leaders in the valley. The Centre’s move has caused global outrage with at least two presidential candidates in the US slamming the Indian government for alleged human rights violations of the Kashmiris.

Activists have also alleged that the Indian security forces have routinely picked up young boys and released some of them only after torturing them. Media personnel too have reported harassment from the administration preventing them from independently reporting on the goings-on in Kashmir.