Amid tensions with India over Kashmir, Pakistan suspends internet access in PoK: Report
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Flustered over India’s decision to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has shut down internet access in multiple regions in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), said a report.
According to a report by NetBlocks internet observatory, internet access has been cut as of 7th of September 2019 amid protests against India’s revocation of Article 370.
Protesters in PoK have criticised India over its action in Kashmir but many have also questioned Pakistan’s handling of the crisis and some have even challenged the military and government there and have demanded independence.
Data in the report shows that Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) networks were shut in PoK on multiple dates through August.
This comes a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that a big public gathering in PoK on September 13 to show solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“I am going to do a big jalsa in Muzzafarabad on Friday 13 Sept, to send a message to the world about the continuing siege of IOJK by Indian Occupation forces; and to show the Kashmiris that Pakistan stands resolutely with them,” said Khan via a Tweet.
The visit of the Pakistan prime minister also comes at a time when the people in PoK have been protesting and demanding permission to break the borders in various areas along the Line of Control (LoC).
Meanwhile, similar disruptions were identified ahead of Muharram when internet services were shut down in many parts of Pakistan including Islamabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and PoK.
The measures come only after Pakistan criticised India for switching off internet and telephony services in Jammu and Kashmir.
The tensions between the two countries flared up after New Delhi revoked Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma