Srinagar: Soon people with post-paid mobile connections in Jammu and Kashmir will finally be able to make calls starting Monday as the communications blackout imposed before the government revoked the state’s decades old “special category” status after the abrogation of the Article 370.
“Mobile phone connections, to be specific all postpaid mobile phone connections, irrespective of 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.
The central government had ended Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and split it into two union territories, saying the move would help ensure people of the state getting the same 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.
Several nations, including the US, expressed concern over the curbs. In response o question by a magazine in Belgium last month, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar had said, “It wasn’t possible to stop communications between militants without impacting all of Kashmir.