J&K: Postpaid mobile services to be restored in Valley from Monday noon

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2019

Police sources have informed that seven civilians, including a woman, were injured in the incident, which is believed to have been carried out by suspected militants.

Speaking to reporters here, he asserted that the curbs were necessary to prevent "externally-aided terrorists" from disturbing peace in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of the state's special status under Article 370 in August. The mobile phone was also made functional in the Kupwara district of Kashmir.

While, re-initiating mobile services for Kashmir, the state administration has maintained that "credible inputs continue to be received of the likelihood of large scale terrorist attacks sponsored by forces inimical to the nation from outside its borders".

Tens of thousands of extra troops were also sent in an operation that critics said virtually cut off Kashmir from the outside world.

The subscribers will have to, however, wait for some more time for Internet services to resume in the Valley, officials said.

The communication restrictions and the detention of hundreds of people including politicians came under severe criticism across the country as well as globally. Asked about the release of those detained in Kashmir, including political leaders, Kansal said each case is being reviewed.

The leader of the opposition Congress party in the region, Mr G.A. Mir, was sceptical of the government's announcement.

In Jammu, the communication system was restored within days of the blockade and even mobile internet was started around mid-August.

He also questioned the move to lift restrictions for tourists, when authorities have been saying throughout the clampdown that "life is normal" in Kashmir. "Then what was the panic situation that tourists were forced to leave in the first place?"

Another former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah has been arrested under the controversial Public Safety Act, a law enacted by his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the chief minister. The government's move invited widespread criticism from the worldwide fraternity with lawmakers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom expressing deep concerns over the move. It meant ambulances and other emergency services could not be called to take patients to hospitals.

Ms Iltija Mufti said that without Internet people could not pay their mobile phone bills, "so what's the point of opening mobile lines? Will they get a service?".

Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947.

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