Srinagar, October 22 (Kashmir Voice): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities have extended ban on high speed internet service till November 12.
According to media sources, an order issued by Principal Secretary Home Department said that the ban on high speed 3G and 4G internet services will continue except for two districts – one in Kashmir Valley and one in Jammu region.
The occupation authorities had ordered restoration of high speed mobile data services in Ganderbal and Udhampur districts on the night of August 16, 2020. However, in all other districts, the speed was directed to continue to be restricted to 2G only.
Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government had suspended the internet and mobile phone services in IIOJK on August 05, 2019 when it revoked the special status of the territory and placed it under military siege. Although, the Indian government claims that landline phones and 2G internet services have been restored in the occupied territory but the residents continue to suffer immensely due to absence of prepaid mobile and 4G internet connectivity, particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Hurriyat leaders, political activists and several international organizations working for rights of common people and journalists including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and Committee to Protect Journalists have time and again demanded restoration of 4G internet service in IIOJK to help the residents of the territory to deal with an unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19. However, the Modi regime has paid no heed to the pleas and keeps on extending the ban on the service. KASHMIR VOICE