Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Extends Eid al-Adha Greetings; Administration Installs Over 300 Telephone Booths
File image of J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik | (Photo Credits: IANS)

Srinagar, August 11: Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday issued greetings to the people a day ahead of Eid al-Adha -- a major festival for the Muslim community. Along with the Governor's message, the J&K civil administration announced the installation of over 300 telephone booths for residents in the Valley to connect with their relatives.

Internet, along with phone lines - both broadband and mobile - have remained clamped down since Sunday midnight, a day before the central government issued an executive order revoking Jammu & Kashmir's special status by abrogating Article 370. Jammu and Kashmir Loses Privileges Under Article 370, Article 35A: What Does it Mean For Kashmiris and Other Indians?

The curfew, which was partially lifted in Srinagar for Friday prayers, has been reimposed for security reasons. According to reports, the restrictions are likely to be eased tomorrow morning to allow people to attend the Eid congregational prayers.

Statement Issued by J&K Governor on Eid al-Adha:

"Governor Satya Pal Malik has extended warm greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Azha and prayed for their well-being and prosperity," said the statement issued by Raj Bhawan.

Another statement issued by the J&K civil administration said it is taking all possible steps to allow people of the state to communicate with each other on the occasion of Eid, while not compromising on the security concerns.

"300 special telephone booths being established to help public communicate with relatives. Liaison Officers activated through Resident Commissioner, Delhi in various places including Aligarh to held students from J&K communicate with families and celebrate Eid," the statement read.

"Government has made sufficient stocking of essential items. Wheat has been stocked to suffice for 65 days, rice for 55 days, mutton for 17 days, poultry for 1 month, Kerosene Oil for 35 days, LPG for 1 month, High-Speed Diesel (HSD) and petrol for 28 days," the administration further added.