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Steps taken to stop communication between terrorists, their masters: Jaishankar
Internet ban likely to continue in Kashmir
9/3/2019 11:01:40 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Sep 3: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has hinted that the ban on internet services in Jammu & Kashmir is likely to continue.
In an interview with newspaper in Brussels, Jaishankar said, "It wasn't possible to stop communication between militants without an impact on all of J&K. How do I cut off communication between the terrorists and their masters on the one hand and keep internet open for the people."
It has been merely a month since the internet and mobile services were snapped in Kashmir. In Jammu, mobile internet services continue to remain suspended.
An analyst while talking to Early Times said, "It seems that government has finally cracked the whip on the communication network of the terrorists by blocking the internet in Kashmir. In Jammu also the mobile internet has been cut-off and it looks like that the service is unlikely to be restored in the near future."
He said, "Government's blocking the internet in Kashmir has led to militancy related incidents coming down to almost zero and it appears that situation is under control."
The analyst said that one can understand the situation in Kashmir is volatile and the terrorists were misusing the internet but people in Jammu are asking why they are being punished for what is happening in the Valley.
An observer said, "Since the day government is reorganized J&K, Pakistan left no stone unturned to spread fake news through internet. It has been proven beyond doubt that Pakistan and its agencies were using social media to radicalize the Kashmiri youth and instigate the people to hit the streets."
He said, "Internet blockade has caused lot of inconvenience to people. It has prevented the situation from taking an ugly turn. No lives have been lost and there has been no large scale violence in the Valley. This has frustrated Pakistan. Now, the terrorists sponsored by the neighbouring country are threatening people by sending letters and pasting posters."
A Kashmir watcher said, "Normalcy won't return to Kashmir till the shops, schools and other institutions reopen as communication is must for life to resume. The government should reconsider restoring the voice call and SMS service to make an attempt to bring some semblance of normalcy."
He said that government has driven home a point that internet can't be restored at least for time being but it needs to take a decision on restoring voice calls on mobile phones.
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