“Potential for armed conflict”: US advisory asks citizens to avoid Kashmir

The United States has issued level two and three travel advisories to Kashmir, saying that while American citizens are urged to reconsider their travel, those going to India should exercise increased caution, Deccan Herald reported .

In its notice published on Monday, the US State Department urged US citizens “not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir due to terrorism and civil unrest,” as well as less than 10 kilometers from the border Indo-Pakistani because of the “potential for armed conflict”. .

For India, the notice pointed to rape and violent crime. “Indian authorities report that rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crimes, such as sexual assault, have taken place at tourist sites and other places, ”we read.

The notice stated that “the US government had limited capacity to provide emergency services to US citizens in rural areas of eastern Maharashtra and north Telangana through west West Bengal, as the US government employees must obtain special permission to travel to these areas, ”Deccan Herald reported.

The department, in its advisory for Pakistan, urged U.S. citizens not to travel to Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) provinces, including former federally administered tribal areas (FATA).

“Pakistan’s security environment has improved since 2014, when Pakistani security forces undertook concerted operations to counter terrorism and militants. There are greater security resources and infrastructure in major cities, especially Islamabad, and security forces in these areas may be more easily able to respond to an emergency compared to other parts of the country. While threats still exist, terrorist attacks are rare in Islamabad, ”the advisory said.

Indo-Pakistani relations deteriorated after India announced the withdrawal of special powers from Jammu and Kashmir and the split of the state into two Union territories in August 2019.

The move angered Pakistan, which degraded diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian high commissioner to Islamabad, Deccan Herald reported.

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