Kashmir opens for tourists today, more than two months after travel ban

Jammu and Kashmir will open for tourists from Thursday, more than two months after a security advisory was issued asking tourists and pilgrims to leave the state immediately due to a ‘terror threat’.

After holding a security review meeting, Governor Satya Pal Malik had on Monday decided to lift the restriction from Thursday on entry of tourists.

The Centre had in early August cancelled the Amarnath Yatra and advised pilgrims and tourists to cut short their stay in the Valley over possible terrorist attacks.

Due to this, thousands of tourists, pilgrims, workers and students from other states had to leave Jammu and Kashmir.

This came days before the revocation of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Telephone and internet services were suspended in many areas’ hours before the centre announced its Article 370 move.

The first electoral process in Jammu and Kashmir after revocation of Article 370

The administration has decided to hold Block Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir on October 24.

However, the Congress on Wednesday announced that they have decided to boycott the local body election in Jammu and Kashmir to protest against the detention of leaders post abrogation of Article 370.

Addressing a press conference, Jammu and Kashmir Congress Chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir had said, “due to indifferent attitude of the state administration and continued detention of several leaders in the valley, we have no other choice left but to boycott the elections.”