SRINAGAR, INDIAN-OCCUPIED KASHMIR: After a 72-day communication blackout in Indian-Occupied Kashmir, mobile phone service is restored in the valley. However, the residents are still unable to access the internet.
India cut mobile networks in Kashmir due to security concerns in early August, and imposed a lock-down which created hurdle in the already difficult life of the people of Kashmir.
The ease on Monday facilitated around four million post-paid mobile phones only for text messages and calls. On the other hand, the internet is still neither accessible on cell phones nor on fixed line networks. The landlines were reportedly working but the connections were erratic.
On August 5, tens of thousands of extra troops were sent to Kashmir which was already the world’s most militarized zone. This step caused further chaos as several hundred residents including children along with politicians, lawyers and activists were taken in custody without mentioning any charges.
Residents appeared relieved on Monday after facing difficulties during the long communications embargo. But the region continues to simmer with anger.