70 days on, Valley’s postpaid mobiles to come alive on Monday


NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: On Monday, after 70 days of a communication lock down following annulment of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, Kashmir will move closer to restoration of normal life with the state government announcing resumption of postpaid mobile services in all 10 districts of the Valley.
While voice calls and SMS will be enabled, mobile internet will remain barred for now. The move is set to benefit those of around 40 lakh postpaid mobile subscribers in J&K who are in the Valley. Around 20 lakh pre-paid connections – which work only in the state and lack roaming facility – remain non-functional. In normal course, prepaid SIM cards bought outside J&K too do not function in J&K.
The lifting of the ban on mobile communication in the Valley comes days after the J&K government withdrew its advisory asking tourists to leave the state as a precautionary measure and is part of calibrated steps to ease restrictions after special status was abrogated and a decision was taken to create two UTs of J&K and Ladakh.
So far, the mobile ban was intended to prevent Pakistan-based and aided elements and terror organisations to organise violent protests and incite violence through provocative, and in many cases, manipulated videos.


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