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India lifts ban on social media sites in IOK

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SRINAGAR: India-led Jammu and Kashmir government has lifted the ban on 22 social networking sites including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter after a month of blockage in the Kashmir valley.

The ban, imposed on April 26 was aimed at controlling the rumours spreading through the social media in the Valley.

“The ban will not be extended,” Principal Secretary of J&K, R K Goyal said.

The Home Department had taken the action alleging that these social networking sites were being “misused by anti-national and anti-social elements to create law and order disturbances” in Kashmir.

The ban on social networking sites was criticised by global institutions including the United Nations. On May 11, the United Nations experts had asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to lift the ban on social media sites.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.