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 - Article 370 Scrapped: Section 144 in Srinagar on One Year of Jammu and Kashmir as Union Territory

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: Missing Jawan in Kulgam District May be Kidnapped by Terrorists, Says Army

“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 - Former Jammu And Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's PSA Detention Extended by 3 Months

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.