Jammu & Kashmir: Postpaid mobile connections to resume

:: Peoples Time Online ::

Ban on postpaid mobile connections in Kashmir will be lifted on Monday, according to Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal said at a news briefing.

He said: “Mobile phone connections, to be specific, all postpaid mobile phone connections, irrespective of the service provider, will resume from Monday – October 14th at noon. This will happen across the state, in all 10 districts of Kashmir,” Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal said at a news briefing.

Internet connectivity, however, will remain suspended for now, he added.

“The restrictions were imposed so that externally aided terrorism does not lead to a loss of lives. These measures ensured no unnecessary loss of life. This is remarkable given what happened in 2008, 2010, and 2016,” Mr Kansal said.

He also said that political leaders who have been detained will be gradually released, adding it was a “dynamic process”.

The central government had ended Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and split it into two union territories.

Last month, the government restored landline connections. The restrictions had left local residents frustrated and disrupted essential services and businesses.

Peoples Time/HG

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