Lieutenant Governor’s Advisor Farooq Khan on Thursday said that jailing politicians and shutting internet services since August 5 saved lives in Kashmir.
Talking to reporters on sidelines of the 37th annual day function of SKIMS here, Advisor Khan said, “Shutting internet prevented spreading messages of hate and separatism due to which no life was lost in Kashmir post August 5.”
“Under normal circumstances we would have never stopped the internet. But you all know the circumstances due to which we had to stop the services. We ensured that there are no social media platforms to spread messages of hate and separatism. And this is the reason today we can proudly say that not a single life was lost,” said Khan.
He added: “For ensuring peace, people had to bear this brunt. But I assure you situation is becoming normal very fast and the day is not far when we would be making use of internet facility.” However, Khan didn’t give any specific date for restoration of internet service in Kashmir.
“Primary reason to shut internet has been fulfilled. Human lives are more important than other things. You have to accept this,” he said.
Internet services continue to remain shut on all platforms in Kashmir since August 5 when Union Government abrogated J&K’s special status and bifurcated the State into two Union Territories.
On jailed politicians, Khan said that situation was being reviewed regularly following which many politicians have already been released and many more will be released in future.
“There are regular assessments. We are not giving life imprisonment to anybody. To control the situation, sometimes administration has to take stringent measures. But motive is to save life and property,” Khan said.
Khan also said that in order to end Kashmir’s electricity woes, additional 360 MW would be provided to the people for which transmission line will be ready by January next year.
He also said orchardists who suffered losses in November snowfall will be adequately compensated.
“Orchardists have not only lost one season’s crop, they have lost crop for the next 20 seasons due to uprooting of fruit trees. Now growers have to plant new trees. We will provide them every possible help,” he assured.