Valley Spared Of Mobile, Internet Ban

Srinagar: For the first time in a decade, mobile phone and mobile internet services were not disrupted in Kashmir Valley as part of the security drill for January 26 function. However, the internet services were barred soon after death of popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 08, 2016. It is yet to be lifted.

Mobile phones and internet services on mobile devices were not snapped when January 26 parade began at Kashmir’s main venue Bakshi Stadium and other district headquarters.

It is for the first time since 2005 that mobile phone and internet services have not been snapped as part of the security drill in Kashmir.

The security officials said that the step to snap the mobile and internet services was taken after militants triggered a blast outside the Bakshi Stadium during August 15 parade in 2005.

The authorities have been clamping down on mobile services in times of “trouble” in Kashmir.

The government had imposed a ban on SMS services in J&K following the 2008 Amarnath Land Row agitation, 2010 summer uprising and post hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru and in 2016 summer in recent times.

While the SMS services were restored on post-paid mobiles within months, the ban on this service on pre-paid mobiles was only lifted in May last year which was again imposed after militant commander Burhan Wani was killed on July 08, 2016.

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