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15 Oct 2019 | 02:03 AM UTC

India: Some cellular communications restored in Kashmir October 14 /update 1

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Government restores some cellular communications in Jammu and Kashmir as of October 14; other communication disruptions ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

The Indian government has restored calls on post-paid cellphone connections in Jammu and Kashmir as of Monday, October 14. Local officials did not say when other mobile communications or internet services would resume.

Disruptions to transport and business, as well as communications, are expected to continue in the area in the coming days.

Context

Following a cabinet meeting on August 5, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to parliament that Article 370 in the Constitution, which accords Jammu and Kashmir state a special autonomous status, be revoked. He also proposed that Jammu and Kashmir be reorganized as a Union Territory with an assembly, and Ladakh be a separate Union Territory with no legislature.

After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landline and internet services in many areas. Kashmir-solidarity demonstrations and protests against India's proposed revocation of the state's special autonomous status have taken place regularly across Pakistan in the weeks following the announcement. Business disruptions have also been frequently reported in recent weeks.

Advice

Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests, prepare for lingering disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Some foreign embassies maintain travel advisory for the disputed region, and advise against all but essential travel, notably in areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.

 

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