Srinagar: The internet blackout in Jammu and Kashmir which was to end on Saturday midnight continued across the state on Sunday with subscribers unable to access the services through wired or wireless devices.
The government imposed the ban on internet services throughout the state on the eve of the Eid festival to prevent anti-social elements posting provocative comments and pictures online.
After the state high court re-asserted an 1862 law against bovine slaughter in the state, a huge controversy swirled in the Muslim majority state, with both the clerics and politicians blaming the order as interference in religious rights of the Muslim community.
Separatists in Kashmir were exhorting locals to offer sacrifices of bovine animals on the Eid festival to defy the law. Many anti-social elements were posting bovine slaughter pictures on the social media.
Top government sources told IANS here that the internet services will be resumed across the state on Sunday evening.
India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly while it was discussing an important issue.
“Such cynical attempts have failed in the past and do not find any resonance in this body,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission, said on Monday.
He was replying to a reference to Kashmir made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi during a debate on the Right to Protect People against crimes against humanity.
“While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bayyapu said.
“I would like to place on record and reiterate that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,” he added.
Lodhi had said that many of the victims of killings and “mass-blinding” are “in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir” and that they “have the further indignity of living under an illegal and alien occupation”.
“Against this backdrop, calls for accountability would invariably smack of double standards and selectivity, especially when egregious crimes including killings and mass-blinding are being committed in full view of the international community,” she said.
However, Lodhi also said: “At its core, the responsibility to protect, is not a license to intervene in external situations, but, is instead, a universal principle of ‘non-indifference’, in keeping with historical context and cultural norms of respective settings.”