The ban on prepaid SMSes in Jammu and Kashmir is unlikely to be lifted in the near future, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hinted on Thursday.

“The ban on SMS on prepaid connections is because mass messages are being used to spread rumours. Nothing so far has suggested that this disease has been cured,” Mr. Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

He said the State government was working with the Centre to find a way for lifting the ban but prevent sending mass messages.

Responding to a question, Mr. Abdullah said he would raise the issue of Kashmiri students studying outside the State facing difficulty in acquiring SIM cards at the forthcoming internal security conference in New Delhi.

“On June 5, there is an internal security conference to be chaired by the Prime Minister and called by the (Union) Home Minster. I will raise this issue,” he added. PTI