Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signed a presidential decree revoking the decades-old special autonomous status for the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir. This brings all of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region fully under New Delhi’s rule. The Pakistani foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi. denounced the “illegal” decree, as violating a UN resolution, while the president of the Pakistan-controlled region of Kashmir warned that the two countries could “go to war.” Communications were blocked and troops patrolled the capital of Srinagar on Monday; public movement was heavily restricted, and some local leaders placed under house arrest. Israel, the UK, Germany and Australia have advised their citizens to avoid traveling to Kashmir and visitors there to leave at once.