The Jammu and Kashmir administration has withdrawn tourism-related restrictions from the state on Thursday. This has been done to restore normalcy in the region. Earlier, the government imposed restrictions on August 2, days ahead of the move to scrap Article 370. The government issued a security advisory asking tourists to vacate in view of the terror threats.
Also, it led to the cancellation of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra. After three days, the Centre abrogated Article 370 on August 5, scrapping the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The abrogation divided the state into two Union Territories, i.e. Jammu and Kashmir with Legislative Assembly and Ladakh without one. The divergence will come into effect on October 31.
After almost two months, the government has withdrawn the security advisory, allowing tourists to return to the valley, which is considered paradise on earth. On Wednesday, colleges were reopened in the valley, however, not many students turned up to attend classes. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Baseer Khan stated last week that the administration would facilitate reopening of schools on October 3 and colleges on October 9. It’s been 67 days since restrictions were imposed in the valley.
Meanwhile, the government released three Kashmiri political leaders from detention on Thursday. They include former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Yawar Mir, National Conference (NC) leader Noor Mohammed and Congress party’s Shoaib Lone.