Kashmiris question the logic of lifting travel advisories

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/9/2019 5:18:02 AM

SRINAGAR, Oct 8 (Agencies): Two months after tourists were asked to leave Jammu and Kashmir due to terror threat, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday directed lifting the advisory.
Many in Kashmir raised concerns about the communications blackout in the Valley. Who will want to come to Kashmir when even locals are finding it hard with curbs on all communication channels? There are no mobile phones, no internet here, says Nazir Ahmad, a resident of Srinagar.
A few visitors who are visiting the Valley echo Nazir Ahmad’s sentiments. I am from Delhi. We came to Kashmir as part of our bike trip to Ladakh, but it is difficult here without any communication, said Vivek from Delhi.
Another Srinagar resident says there was never a threat to tourists in Jammu and Kashmir. They should bring Article 370 back. We were happy. The tourists and visitors had no threat here and are always welcome, he said.
The Valley, meanwhile, has been under lockdown for 65 days since Article 370 was lifted. Just before the decision to scrap the historic constitutional provision which gave special rights to the state, the government issued an unprecedented advisory, asking tourists to leave the state.
Normalcy continues to be hit in Kashmir with zero attendance in schools, market places shut and public transport mostly missing.



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