Nearly four million postpaid mobile phone lines will be resumed on Monday in the Indian side of the disputed Kashmir region with Pakistan, the Indian government official announced on Saturday.
“Postpaid mobile phone lines will be resumed from Monday”, the Principal Secretary Planning for Indian held Kashmir, Rohit Kansal told reporters, adding that, the Internet service will remain suspended for the time being.
However, there are no plans to reactivate more than 2 million prepaid mobile phones, Kansal said.
Indian government urged businessmen, industrialists, merchants, carriers, shopkeepers, hotel owners and contractors not to hide any threats from terrorists and separatists.
The authorities feared that the rebels and separatists would use the Internet to incite anti-India protests in the region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government cut off telephone and internet lines in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of revoking the state’s special rights on August 5, striking down long-standing constitutional provisions for the Muslim-majority region.
Tensions in Kashmir – divided into two parts between Pakistan and India, both of which claim full ownership – have escalated since early August, when New Delhi reduced and imposed restrictions on the semi-autonomous status of the Indian part of the region.
Kashmir has been disputed land since the independence of Pakistan and India from Britain in 1947, where the two countries are fighting for control of the region after they shared control over its territory to become two halves of the Indian occupied “Jammu and Kashmir” and Pakistan by the name of “Azad Jammu and Kashmir”.