India Says Easing Kashmir Restrictions 'in Phased Manner'
Sumaira FH 11 days ago Tue 13th August 2019 | 07:10 PM
New Delhi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Aug, 2019 ) :India's government said Tuesday it was easing its lockdown in occupied Kashmir in a "phased manner" after cutting phone and internet access for over a week to prevent protests over its decision to end the Himalayan region's autonomy.
Fearing unrest, India cut communications and imposed a curfew in the sector of Kashmir it controls on August 4, a day before its surprise presidential decree to strip the Muslim-majority region of its special status.
Normal communication in the more peaceful Jammu division of the region "has been restored after assessment by relevant local authorities", the spokesperson added.
There was no independent confirmation of the easing of restrictions.
On Tuesday afternoon people in the held Kashmir could still not be reached by phone and the Internet still appeared to be inaccessible.
The spokesperson said that medical services are being provided "without any hindrance" and the availability of medicines has "been ensured" in every hospital in the valley.
A main highway through the region "continues to function normally", with 100 heavy vehicles "plying daily" carrying fuel and other essentials.