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2 months later, J&K opens for tourists today


Srinagar, Oct 10: After nearly two months of restrictions, Jammu and Kashmir opens for tourists today.

The decision to lift curbs in the Valley was announced by the Governor of J&K, Satyapal Malik on Monday. It may be recalled that the Centre had on August 2 cancelled the Amarnath Yatra and advised pilgrims and tourists to cut short their stay in the Valley. The Centre had cited intelligence reports of terror threats before issuing the advisory on August 2.

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"The governor on Monday directed that the Home Department's advisory asking tourists to leave the Valley be lifted immediately. This will be done with effect from October 10," an official spokesman said.

    J&K opens up for tourists

    The state administration on August 2 had issued a security advisory asking Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to leave Kashmir as soon as possible, citing terror threat in the Valley.

    The advisory was issued just before the Centre announced the negation of Article 370 of the constitution and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories on August 5.

    The spokesman said the governor issued the directive at a 'Situation cum Security Review' meeting with the advisors and the chief secretary in Srinagar.

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