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US issues travel warning to Americans: Don’t go near Pakistan border, don’t visit J&K due to terrorism

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 09, 2019, 01.45 PM (IST)

The United States on Saturday issued a travel advisory for its citizens visiting India due to the prevailing tension in the country.

The advisory issued by the US embassy asked Americans not to go within 10 kilometres of the border with Pakistan "due to the potential for armed conflict".

"US issues Level 2 travel alert for India -- "exercise increased caution," warning Americans to not visit most of Jammu and Kashmir due to "terrorism and civil unrest" and not go within 10 km of the border with #Pakistan "due to the potential for armed conflict," White House bureau chief Steve Herman wrote on Twitter along with the advisory.

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However, it allowed American traveller to visit Ladakh region and its capital Leh.

The United States has various levels of the travel advisory. The level 2 advisory means citizens are advised to "exercise increased caution" while travelling to the said country.

The advisory comes in the wake of rising tension between India-Pakistan after around 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. The responsibility of the attack was claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammed group led by Masood Azhar.

In retaliation, the Indian Air Force carried out anti-terror strikes at a JeM terror training camp in Pakistan's Balakot last week, in which a large number of terrorists were killed, according to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

Since the Pulwama terror attack, pressure has been growing on Pakistan on the issue of its support to terror. US, France, UK, Australia publically have called on Islamabad to rein in the terror groups on its territory.
 

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The advisory issued by US embassy asked Americans not to go within 10 kilometres of the border with Pakistan 'due to the potential for armed conflict'.