Mobile phone services across Kashmir were snapped on Thursday as a precautionary measure to prevent militants from using these devices to carry out any subversive activities.
Mobile telephony went out of order this morning as part of the security drill started in 2006.
Militants in August 2005 had triggered an IED outside Bakshi Stadium, the main venue for Independence Day celebrations in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to the practice of suspending mobile phone services on this day.
A senior police official said mobile phone services will be restored soon after celebrations at Bakshi Stadium conclude.
Meanwhile, mobile Internet services remained suspended for the fifth day on Thursday.
These services were snapped in the wake of communal clashes in Kishtwar town of Jammu region on Eid day.
Mobile Internet services were snapped to prevent people from spreading false rumours about the situation in the riot-hit town.