Ongoing internet gag longest ever in Kashmir » Kashmir Media Service

Internet shutdown caused 40 billion losses to IOK economy

Srinagar, September 09 (KMS): Deccan Herald citing official data says the ongoing internet gag in occupied Kashmir is the longest ever witnessed in the territory.

It said the internet gag which began on August 5, crossed 840 hours on Sunday, adding, the previous longest was 240 hours blockade witnessed during the 2016 summer uprising.

“Frequent internet shutdown is nothing new in Kashmir as in the past decade the service was snapped multiple times. However, this time not only mobile internet services were barred, but broadband, lease line, and even V-Sat services too were snapped,” it added.

A recent study by International Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), a Delhi-based think-tank, reveals that frequent suspension of internet services has dealt a body blow to Kashmir’s fragile economy resulting in losses worth almost Rs 4000 crores since 2013.

Pertinently, India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has accepted that denial of communication, especially internet, had caused widespread inconvenience and anger in Kashmir. “But, the first priority of the government was to protect Indian citizens’ lives,” he told a selected group of journalists in New Delhi.

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