Mobile internet services on postpaid connections were restored in Kashmir on Friday, four months after the services were snapped due to unrest in the Valley.
Mobile internet services, which were snapped on July 15, have been restored on postpaid connections, an official said in Srinagar.
The official said the decision to restore mobile Internet services was taken following considerable improvement in security situation in the Valley.
Meanwhile, Kashmiris are expecting a ‘normal’ day on Saturday as separatists have announced a two-day relaxation in their latest shutdown calendar, the first such relief since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8.
Separatist leaders – Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik – announced the relief after consulting civil societies’ members, senior citizens, lawyers, religious groups, business communities and transporters.
“It has been a moral victory for the people of Kashmir who refused to yield to oppression. We have made it clear to India that come what may we will be masters of our destiny. 130 days of continuous protest with wholehearted support and participation of people and their tremendous sacrifices have no parallel in the current world,” the separatists said in a joint statement on November 16.
“We have a long struggle ahead of us. We have to prepare, survive and sustain ourselves to be able to fight this brutal oppression,” they said, while issuing the protest calendar with the two-day relaxation.
“It will be after four months that I will go out and shop to my heart’s content. We have become psychological wrecks during these days when killings, blindings and violence had become routine. The relaxation is a welcome relief,” said Safeena Lone, a house wife and mother of two school-going children.
Kashmir has been on the boil for the past four and a half months since Wani’s death.
At least 90 people have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley.
(With inputs from agencies)