Farooq Abdullah writes to PM Modi, seeks 4G Internet restoration in Kashmir

Farooq Abdullah, who was released from detention after over seven months, is accompanied by his wife Molly Abdullah and daughter Safia at his Gupkar residence. Habib Naqash/GK

National Conference president and Srinagar MP, Farooq Abdullah on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking restoration of 4G Internet services in Kashmir which remain blocked since August last year.

“As you are aware the first case of coronavirus has been detected in Kashmir yesterday, which has resulted in authorities locking down large parts of the valley. Businesses and students already hit hard by the shutdown after 5th of August, 2019 are again suffering because of these restrictions. The people are being advised to work/study from home, but this is impossible with 2G Internet speed and limited fixed line Internet penetration,” said Farooq Abdullah in his letter, adding: “I would, therefore, request you to restore 4G Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir  at the earliest to ease the suffering of the people.”

An elderly woman, who had travelled to Saudi Arabia, has tested positive for coronavirus in Srinagar yesterday, making her the first case of the novel disease in Kashmir valley. Three persons have tested positive for the virus in Jammu region of the union territory.

Internet services were suspended in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year, coinciding with the abrogation of Article 370.

A new government order, which was released Tuesday, has extended the region’s existing restrictions on Internet speed until March 26 to “prevent misuse of social media applications”.