No new cellular connections to be sold in Kashmir


Srinagar, 19 July: The J&K government has supposedly directed the state run BSNL to stop issuing new post paid SIM cards to people.

According to reports in Kashmir Media, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited officials maintained that the police had earlier asked the BSNL authorities to suspend the services including landline connections. The BSNL post-paid service and the landline connections are the functional only means of communication in the valley presently.

However, on Sunday, the J&K police allegedly asked the BSNL authorities not to issue fresh SIM cards, according to reports in Kashmir Media.

Government has blocked the services of all telecom providers and the only service that is running is that of BSNL.

A senior BSNL official clarified that unidentified persons had damaged the optical fibre cable of the BSNL at Pattan in north Kashmir due to which both landline and cell phone services to the North Kashmir areas have been affected.

“This is sabotage and despite the prevailing tensions, we have deployed the men to restore the network in the area,” said an official. He said the services to the North Kashmir areas will be resumed by tomorrow.

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