Mobile phone services restored in Occupied Kashmir, internet remains suspended

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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.

A local businessman told a news agency that he was pleased to received mobile phones connections. However, he had harsh sentiments for the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He further added, “Mobile phones are a commercial service which we pay for, it is not a favor. They violate our basic rights then ease things as favours and refer to them as normalcy.”
A student said, “Having mobile phones is normal in most countries but it is considered as a big deal in Kashmir and they can take it back at any time.”
Thousands of people, mostly civilians have given their lives in fighting against oppression from the government of India.
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