“Public order is integral to ensuring that democracy prospers. Without public order no democracy can function,” said Syed Akbaruddin, India’s UN envoy to Pak media. He was speaking to the media after the informal meeting of UN Security Council. Speaking to the journalists he admitted that there are reasonable restrictions and that India is easing them.
India is trying to ease restrictions in Kashmir in a phased manner. Today, landline services under 17 telephone exchanges have been restored in the Valley, news agency PTI quoted officials as saying, while ANI reported that 2G mobile internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu. Schools will reopen area-wise next week.
While announcing the easing of restrictions in a press conference, BVR Subrahmanyam, Kashmir Chief Secretary, said that offices of the government in the Valley functioned normally on Friday and the attendance in many offices was “quite high”.
He said there has been no loss of life or major injury since the restrictions from 5 August as the government imposed curfew and a communications blackout to stave off violence when Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 bifurcated the state into two Union Territories.
#WATCH New York: India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin responds to a journalist when he asks, "Don't these restrictions undermine the image of India of being an open democracy?" pic.twitter.com/g33vbjuBJm
— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2019