Mobile services restored in Kashmir

Post-paid services back; prepaid outgoing facility yet to be restored; curfew remains in force in Srinagar district and two south Kashmir towns.

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:01 pm IST

Published - August 20, 2016 02:07 pm IST - Srinagar

People wait to receive food rations during curfew in Srinagar on Saturday. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

People wait to receive food rations during curfew in Srinagar on Saturday. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Six days after mobile telephony was withdrawn from the Valley, the authorities on Saturday restored services to post-paid mobile services and incoming facility to pre-paid phones, bring relief to more than 60,000 subscribers.

However, Internet services on all mobile services remain suspended.

Meanwhile, separatists launched a poster campaign against pro-India politicians on Saturday, seeking their resignation, even as the authorities restored post-paid cellular services in the Kashmir Valley.

“Despite killings and injuries of war proportions, you [mainstream politicians] continue to perform shamelessly the role of covering up the crimes. Before your anti-people role provokes us to initiate a comprehensive boycott, we beseech you to quit this treacherous role, resign and come back to people,” reads a poster released by separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.

These posters are being sent to workers and leaders of mainstream parties on social media and through the print media.

Poster campaingn

The poster campaign come as the Valley is witnessing growing incidents of attacks on mainstream politicians. A PDP MLA and a former legislator of the NC were attacked by locals and militants in south Kashmir this week.

More than a dozen attacks on mainstream politicians, mainly the ruling PDP, have been reported in the Valley since militant commander Burhan Wani was killed on July 8. A police spokesman said “miscreants” assembled on roads and pelted stones on the police and security forces in Anantnag, Baramulla and Sopore.

For the 43rd day on Saturday, the police said curfew was imposed in Srinagar, Anantnag and Pampore.

Mehbooba meets Vohra

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday evening met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar. An official spokesman said in an hour-long meeting, both “discussed various important matters relating to the urgent restoration of peace and normalcy in the State”. This is first time Ms. Mufti met the Governor to discuss the 43-day-long unrest in the Valley.

Elderly couple injured in firing

An elderly couple were injured when security forces fired pellets at them after they resisted the arrest of their son in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, official sources said on Saturday. The security forces fired pellets at the couple as they tried to resist the arrest of their son Noor Mohammad in Kamla village of Tral.

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