UK, Australia, Germany ask citizens to avoid travel to J&K
August 4, 2019
While the government has asked tourists and pilgrims to get out of Jammu and Kashmir as soon as possible due to terror threats. Other countries like UK, Australia and Germany have also issued a travel advisory for their citizens.
The governments of these countries have asked their citizens to avoid traveling to Jammu & Kashmir as a result of the security alert by the state government. People from Australia, Germany and UK who are currently in Jammu and Kashmir have been asked to leave the state.
The travel advisory by UK stated, "If you're in Jammu and Kashmir, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and keep up to date with developments, including via this travel advice."
On Friday Jammu and Kashmir government had issued a security notice after the Indian army confirmed that there are reports of attack on the Amarnath Yatra by terrorists backed by Pakistan Army.
National Institute of Technology-NIT, Srinagar has also asked its students to vacate the premises and studies in the institute have been suspended till further orders. Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday also suspended the annual Machail Mata pilgrimage in Kishtwar district citing security reasons,
This is the first time that such an alert has been issued concerning the Amarnath Yatra as pilgrims travel to the state in thousands every year.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad spoke against the government's decision to suspend the Amarnath Yatra. He said "The advisory that was issued...yesterday is worrisome...No government has ever asked tourists to go back,"
The troop deployment in the state has also been increased and in the last few days and 100 additional companies of paramilitary personnel have reached the valley.