After 72 days of blockade the Indian Government finally restored mobile phone communications services in the Kashmir Valley. For now just postpaid voice calling services have been switched on, however internet connectivity remains suspended for now.
Some 40 lakh postpaid mobile phones have become operational from Monday noon. Around 30 lakh pre-paid mobile phone connections are yet to be restored.
The restoration of mobile phone connections comes over two months after the union government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s decades-old special privileges on August 5th this year. To prevent any backlash, massive security restrictions and arrests, evacuating tourists, delpoling extra troops and blocking phone and internet lines.
Curbs and restrictions are supposedly being lifted in a phased manner in the Kashmir valley. Whereas in Jammu, communication were restored much faster but internet connectivity remains barred.
Several countries including the United Nations condemned the blockade and expressed concerns over the curbs.