India restores fast mobile internet in Kashmir after 18 months

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India restores fast mobile internet in Kashmir after 18 months

By Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, Feb.5, Feb.5 (Reuters) – India announced on Friday that it was restoring high-speed mobile internet to the federal territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the first time since August 2019, when the government withdrawn the special rights of the reluctant Muslim. – dominated region.

Jammu and Kashmir was India’s only Muslim majority state before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government split it in two, including an enclave with many Buddhists, and took direct control of both .

Much of the Himalayan mountainous territory is also claimed by Pakistan, India’s main rival in South Asia.

“4G mobile internet services are being restored across J&K,” local government spokesman Rohit Kansal said on Twitter.

India shattered Kashmir in mid-2019 by sending additional troops mainly to the Kashmir Valley and arresting political leaders to quell dissent in the region where India has been leading an insurgency for decades.

One of those detained and released politicians, former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, tweeted his joy over the New Delhi government’s decision on the internet.

“4G Mubarak! he said, using an Urdu word for congratulations. “For the first time since August 2019, all J&K will have 4G mobile data. Better late than never”.

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