INDIA TO LIFT TRAVEL WARNING TO JAMMU KASHMIR




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The Indian government has gradually begun to loosen the strict measures it has taken after the Muslim-dominated autonomous region abolished some of its rights. India will lift its warning on Thursday (tomorrow) that tourists and pilgrims should not go to the Jammu Kashmir region.

Thousands of Hindu tourists, pilgrims and workers had left Jammu Kashmir after India warned in August that terror groups backed by Pakistan could carry out attacks. Pakistan, on the other hand, has denied allegations that it supports terrorist groups.

Hours before the Indian government announced it was abolishing the region's special rights, it had cut off telephone and internet connections and resorted to various measures to prevent public gatherings in some areas. He also arrested several opposition figures and activists.

Although it has loosened some of these bans over time and freed jailed dissidents, there are still large numbers of detainees and telephone and internet lines are unavailable in much of the Kashmir Valley.