Srinagar / New Delhi:
Broadband internet will be restored in the Kashmir valley after more than five months of internet shutdown, sources said. The process, which will be carried out in phases, will begin on Wednesday or Thursday.
First it would be the turn of central Kashmir, including the capital of the Srinagar state, which will be followed by northern Kashmir (Kupwara, Bandipora and Baramulla) two days later. South Kashmir (Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag) ranks last, after another two days, sources said.
The Lieutenant Governor will then review the situation and answer a call about the restoration of cellular internet.
The Kashmir Valley has been without internet since August, part of a series of restrictions imposed by the government as “precautionary measures” against the violent reaction after the special state of the state granted by Article 370 of the constitution ended and forked in two territories of the Union.
The decision to restore it came after the Supreme Court, in response to a request last week, ordered a review of all restrictive orders that are still in effect. This, the court said, must be done within a week.
“The suspension of free movement, Internet and basic freedoms cannot be an arbitrary exercise of power,” the court said.
Freedom of expression and expression through the Internet is an “integral part of Article 19 (1) (A) of the constitution,” and any “expression of dissent or disagreement against a government decision cannot be grounds for Internet suspension. “added the three -bank of judges led by Justice NV Ramanna.
The court also criticized the repeated use of Section 144, a British era rule to ban large meetings, in Jammu and Kashmir. “It cannot be used as a tool to oppress the difference of opinion,” the court said.
The court asked the state to make public all restrictive orders issued in Jammu and Kashmir during the last five months so they can be legally challenged, the bank said.
The sources said the state government will comply with the instructions of the Supreme Court.