J&K considerably calm: Germany`s travel advisory
New Delhi: In the first endorsement of the
improved situation in Jammu and Kashmir by a European country,
Germany on Monday issued a fresh travel advisoroy saying the state
was "considerably" calm and foreigners were generally not the
An amended advisory issued by German Foreign Office said
the Kashmir conflict had in recent decades led to violent
clashes and numerous bomb attacks with many casualties.
However, "the situation has now calmed down
considerably. Foreigners are generally not direct target," the
new travel advisory said.
The advisory of German Foreign office is a major boost
to the state government`s efforts to revive tourism in the
pictureque state and was welcomed by Chief Minister Omar
"I am very grateful to the German Ambassdor and his
government for this pragmatic decision. It corrects an
injustice that has been done to the state for years where an
advisory issued in early 90`s has continued in spite of a
dramatic improvement in the situation.
"I hope that other European countries and the US will
follow the lead of Germany," Omar told PTI in his reaction.
German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek had during a
visit to Srinagar last month, said he had gone to assess the
situation and look at the possibility of modifying the travel
Meanwhile, talking about Jammu, the advisory said "the
security situation is generally stable," adding
"unpredictable" clashes between demonstrators and security
forces could take place and hence suggested taking prior
information and to avoid large gatherings.
On Ladakh, it said trekkers are strongly advised to seek
advice regarding the choice of trekking routes locally by
trusted and knowledgeable local guides.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Watch: PM Narendra Modi addressing rally in Imphal
- Will Shiv Sena join hands with Congress to stop BJP from entering BMC?
- Report: Are mobile smartphones more unhygienic than toilet seats?
- Delhi: Three-year-old twins die after falling into washing machine in Rohini
- BSF catches cow slaughter gang near India-Bangladesh border in Malda
- Ind vs Aus: Mohammed Azharuddin says Jayant Yadav and Ishant Sharma should be replaced in next Test
- WATCH: Kieron Pollard's epic celebration after destroying Lahore Qalandars in Dubai
- Indian doctor rescued from ISIS recounts horror, says 'they forced me to watch videos, shot me thrice'
- Mitchell Johnson takes a dig at Anil Kumble over calling Steve O'Keefe 'steady'
- India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 3: As it happened...