- According to reports from the Indian-administered Kashmir office, the process of removing barriers has been started.
- News reporters have also confirmed that landline phone service can now be used in some areas of Kashmir.
- An Indian government spokesperson said the administration and security forces are closely examining the current situation to avoid any untoward incident.
According to reports from the Indian-administered Kashmir office, the process of removing barriers has been started. After a 13-day blockade of curfew and media communications imposed in Indian-administered Kashmir in early August, a government spokesman said on Saturday that various sanctions were gradually being lifted in the valley.
Also, Principal Secretary of Indian-administered Kashmir Rohit Kansal told a press conference in Srinagar that barriers have been removed from 35 police stations and all telephone networks will be restored by Sunday evening. He added that the landline service in Jammu division is functioning normally and mobile phone service has been restored in five districts.
News reporters have also confirmed that landline phone service can now be used in some areas of Kashmir. However, mobile and Internet service in the Valley is still suspended and restricted to only in a few areas. An Indian government spokesperson said the administration and security forces are closely examining the current situation to avoid any untoward incident. He said that public transport facilities on the roads are a positive sign.
Referring to the closure of schools, offices and other educational institutions, the spokesman said that primary level schools and all government offices would be opened Monday. It should be remembered that after the UN Security Council meeting on Friday, Indian spokesman Saeed Akbaruddin had said that the sanctions in Kashmir would be abolished gradually. Demonstrations against ending the Article 370 Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir were held in different areas despite the curfew. Several Kashmir political leaders have been kept under house arrest.
India’s Kashmir ground situation on Friday
In the city Srinagar last Friday, several people were killed when authorities fired on protesters during mass demonstrations. The Indian government denied the incident, but a few days later admitted that the demonstrations had taken place.
All roads were closed in Srinagar with barricades and barriers and the city is filled with a large number of security officials. After the Friday prayers on August 16, a large number of protesters went out and made peace with themselves, and after the completion of it, everyone left.
However, fires and tear gas were also heard from somewhere nearby, while in some places Pakistani songs were heard. In some places, loudspeakers were sending messages to people to attend the demonstration. There were situations where people’s emotions were turning into anger rather than fear and it was only increasing.