J&K: All post-paid mobile phones to start functioning from Monday

All post-paid mobile phones will start functioning normally from 12 noon on Monday in the remaining areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

This was stated by J&K administration spokesperson, Rohit Kansal in Srinagar today. Explaining the reasons behind the restrictions imposed in the light of the important constitutional changes that were made in relation to Jammu & Kashmir in August, Kansal said that a number of restrictions were imposed from 4th in order to prevent externally-aided terrorists from disturbing peace and inflicting casualties on innocent citizens.

The move comes barely days after the Centre issued an advisory opening the valley for tourists. Earlier, Schools were re-opened followed by Colleges and landline phones were made fully operational. Since 16 August, there has been a gradual removal of the restrictions that were imposed and by the first week of September, most restrictions were removed.

Barring 8-10 Police Stations, movement restrictions have been completely removed. Over 99% of the area of Jammu & Kashmir has no restrictions on movement. The mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir were shut down on August 5 after the Centre announced scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution.

In Jammu, the communication system was restored within days of the blockade and even mobile Internet was started around mid-August. However, after its misuse, the Internet facility on cellular phones was snapped on August 18.

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