Supreme Court orders review of internet communication restrictions in Jammu, Kashmir

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Earlier on January 9, 15 envoys from United States, South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Fiji, Maldives, Norway, the Philippines, Morocco, Argentina, Peru, Niger, Nigeria, Guyana, and Togo visited Jammu-Kashmir on a two-day visit. "We look forward to a return to normalcy", she wrote on the microblogging site.

The chief U.S. diplomat for South Asian affairs, Alice Wells, has expressed concern over continued detentions and internet-shutdown in occupied Kashmir, days before her visit to New Delhi for bilateral talks.

Foreign diplomats from 15 nations had seen Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

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Wells will then travel to India, from January 15-18 to meet with senior government officials and to advance the US-India strategic global partnership, according to the US state department.

"We remain concerned by detention of political leaders and residents, and Internet restrictions". Internet and communications restrictions in the new territory of the Union were imposed on August 5 and are ongoing in several areas.

They also held discussions with civil society members and some Kashmiri politicians, said Raveesh Kumar, India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman.

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"Closely following USAmbIndia and other foreign diplomats' recent trip to Jammu and Kashmir". Former Deputy Chief Minister and PDP leader Muzafar Hussain Beigh told the media that Mehbooba Mufti tried to "coerce the Prime Minister" by saying that there would be a bloodbath in Kashmir if Article 370 and Article 35 A were removed.

The journey included group meetings with all the military, political leaders, municipal culture teams and reporters chosen because of the protection solutions. Internet services and other modes of communication have been down ever since and mass arrests and detentions have been reported, including those of key political leaders.

In a petition moved by ex Bigg Boss celebrity contestant Tehseen Poonawalla amongst the other petitioners challenging the Internet shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir after the August 5th removal of Article 370, the Supreme Court ruled that the Internet can not be arbitrary shut down by the government. "We think it necessary to reiterate that complete broad suspension of telecom services, be it the Internet or otherwise, being a drastic measure, must be considered by the State only if "necessary" and 'unavoidable, '" the court said in another passage. It additionally bought authorities to examine all such curbs in Kashmir instantly.

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