New Delhi: The ban on high speed internet in Jammu and Kashmir has been extended till August 19, 2020. “Restrictions on access to high speed internet through mobile data services have been necessitated in view of the misuse in planning and executing militant activities including attacks on security forces, political workers and innocent civilians,” an order issued by principal secretary home, Shaleen Kabra, said.Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir Imposes Complete Restrictions On Non-Essential Movements During Weekends | Check Guidelines Here

The order said reports have suggested rise in terror activities over the coming weeks, as the union territory witnesses a year of internet ban since the reading down of Article 370 on August 5, 2019. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir Administration Takes Back Premises of Kashmir Press Club Amid Factionalism

“It was absolutely necessary in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the state and for maintaining public order”, it read. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir Extends COVID Curbs; Night, Weekend Curfews Imposed. Details Here

Ban on high speed internet will remain in force till August 19 and access to mobile data will be available at 2G speed.

Wednesday’s order has come amid expectation of 4G high speed internet access restoration after a statement made by lieutenant Governor, GC Murmu in which he told the union home ministry the J&K administration would have no objection to restoration of 4G internet access in the union territory.