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Despite normalcy internet continues to be banned in Kmr, people especially students pushed to hilt
11/20/2019 9:41:45 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Nov 20: At a time when the people at helm say that everything is hunky-dory in Kashmir the continuous suspension of internet services has aggravated problems of valley residents.
Early Times talked to large section of people in this context and the unanimous view of the people was that internet services should be restored at the earliest in the valley. The people said that there is no logic in continuing with the suspension of internet in Kashmir.
"I see no logic in barring the internet facility in the Kashmir valley as on date. Life has returned to normal and in such a scenario it is not good to deny Kashmiris their right to access to information through internet. The ban on the same should be removed as soon as possible," said Shahid Ahmad, a resident of Rawalpora.
The people in general say that when everything is coming back to track in Kashmir what is stopping the concerned authorities in restoring the internet services in Kashmir. They say that people are facing huge problems since almost every activity is connected with internet these days.
"In my opinion the situation is ripe for restarting the mobile internet in Kashmir and not to talk of broadband internet service. There is no reason for continuation of ban on internet in Kashmir and the restrictions in this regard should be removed at the earliest," said Owais Ahmad, a resident of Buchpora.
It would be in place to mention here that all the communication facilities including landline phones, mobile phones and internet were snapped after the parliament passed a resolution for abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A on August 5.
While the landline phones were restored within one month in phases, the post paid mobile service was restored on October 14 but without SMS facility. There continues to be ban on the pre-paid mobile service and internet facility.
"A huge rush of people can be seen at the offices of respective Deputy Commissioners in the valley. This is quite disturbing and the lack of internet is taking toll on the academic future of the students. The government should look into this matter compassionately and order for lifting of ban on internet," said Mushtaq Ahmad, a resident of Bandipora.
Although, the administration has set up internet kiosks at the Deputy Commissioner's office in the different districts all the people are not able to avail this facility. Scores of persons leave for homes disappointed in the evening without availing the internet facility for which they turn up at the respective internet kiosks.
"In the past the authorities would bring down the internet speed in the Kashmir valley as and when some incident related to militancy or otherwise would happen. This time around no such provision was applied and there was complete blanket ban on the internet services in the valley. The government should start with a reduced speed of internet and it can be increased with the passage of time," said Mohammad Imran, a resident of Pulwama.
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