Srinagar, October 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Internet services continued to remain suspended for the past several days in Islamabad and Kulgam districts with business community bearing the maximum brunt.

The authorities had snapped internet services on Wednesday morning following firing by Indian army on protesters at Wularhama village of Pahalgam. At least five people had sustained injuries in the firing.

The students and business community were the worst hit due to the internet gag. “I am preparing for competitive examinations. I rely mostly on material available online but due to curbs on internet my studies suffered a lot during these four days,” said Faizan of Kulgam who is preparing for civil services examination.

Many of the job aspirants said they couldn’t apply for various vacancies available during these four days due to internet curbs. “We now expect the authorities to show some wisdom and not snap internet services for illogical reasons,” said a post graduate student Hilal Ahmad from Kokernag.

The business in major towns in Islamabad and Kulgam also got badly hit as no transaction could be made online. “Our swipe machines were rendered defunct due to the gag and the customers suffered,” said Sameer Ahmad owner of Kooks cafe and grill in Islamabad town.

Many of the shopkeepers in Islamabad and other major towns complained that they are not able to provide services to customers from past five days.

However, the authorities claimed that they had partially restored the services.


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