No phone ? so be it, says Jammu and Kashmir Governor

Satya Pal Malik

New Delhi, Aug 26: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has defended the communication blackout in the Valley and rubbished reports of shortage of medicines and daily essentials in the Kashmir.

“Our attitude is such that there should be no loss of human lives. If there’s no telephone for 10 days, so be it. But we will roll back these measures very soon,” said Malik, who was in Delhi on Sunday to attend the funeral of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley.

“In all the crises that happened in Kashmir in the past, at least 50 people used to die in the first week itself,” Malik was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. So far, no deaths have been reported from the state and the authorities say only sporadic violence has taken place.

Jammu and Kashmir has been cut off from the rest of India for nearly three weeks to prevent a backlash since the government ended the special status of the state and bifurcated it into two union territories.

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