Internet services in Kashmir that were suspended after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 would be restored soon, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor (LG) Farooq Khan said Thursday.
“The situation is becoming normal very fast. The day won’t be far when you will be using internet. I can’t say the exact date,” Khan told reporters on the sidelines of 37th annual day of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura observed at SKICC here.
He said the government understands the suffering of journalists saying they had succeeded in the mission of internet blockade.
“Under normal circumstances we wouldn’t have allowed internet suspension. It was aimed to discourage the messages of separatism and hate on social media. We have succeeded in that aim. We understand the difficulties of media,” he said.
The advisor said not a single life was lost after August 5.
“People had to face certain difficulties. Situation is becoming normal very fast,” he said.
Khan said they were concerned about basic amenities of the people.
“Electricity was also affected due snowfall. There are people who took risks and restored the electricity amid rains and snowfall. Power shortage is there,” he said.
Khan said the recent snowfall had caused damage to apple orchards and farmers had suffered heavy losses.
“We are concerned about them. We will help the farmers in whatever possible way,” he said.
Responding to a query, he said internet blockade had helped improve the situation and save life and property.
About the detained political leaders he said they would review it regularly.
“Politicians are being released. Many of them have been shifted. We are reviewing the release of other politicians. They have not under life imprisonment,” he said.
The advisor said they review the situation each day and are updated about the situation in the Valley.
“The internet shutdown has caused huge losses to business community,” he said.