Post paid mobiles restored in Kashmir

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Post paid mobiles restored in Kashmir

Post paid mobiles restored in Kashmir
October 14
17:35 2019

As many as 40 lakh Postpaid mobile services on all networks in Kashmir were restored on Monday but no internet services and 30 lakh pre-paid mobile phone connections are yet to be restored. 72 days after Kashmir blocade of mobile and internet communications in the Kashmir Valley Modi goverment has relaxed with postpaid services covering all 10 districts of Kashmir province. A couple of people NDTV spoke to on the streets of Srinagar were not aware that postpaid connections are back and had left their mobile phones at home. But citizens of Kashmir say it won’t make any difference but other broader issues also needed immediate attention.

After abrogation of 60 year old privilege of article 370 the central government had ended Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and split it into two union to reach constitutional benefits as the rest of the country and spur development. To prevent any backlash, the Centre also imposed massive security restrictions and took measures that included arresting politicians, evacuating tourists, posting extra troops and blocking phone and internet lines. Some of those curbs have been slowly relaxed, but mobile and internet communications in the Kashmir Valley were largely still blocked.

The restrictions had left local residents frustrated and disrupted essential services and businesses. In Jammu the communication was restored within days of the blockade and mobile internet was started around mid-August. However, after its alleged misuse, internet facility on cell phones was snapped on August 18.

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