Pak’s Technology Minister Gets Lampooned for Planning Internet Service in Indian Kashmir

© AP Photo / Mukhtar KhanIndian paramilitary soldiers patrol near the site of a gunbattle in Bijbehara, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol near the site of a gunbattle in Bijbehara, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): Kashmir has been on tenterhooks since the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status on 5 August and its bifurcation into two federally administered territories. Mobile internet services and pre-paid services remain suspended in the Kashmir Valley as a preventive security measure.

Against the backdrop of a 100-day internet blockade in Indian-administered Kashmir, Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said they are looking at options to provide internet in the Indian side of Kashmir.

​Terming the internet a fundamental right, the Pakistani minister said that whatever technical support is required, his Ministry of Science and Technology will provide internet connectivity in Kashmir.

Chaudhry’s comment on providing satellite internet did not resonate with netizens.

Netizens in Pakistan are pointing out the hypocrisy of a government that has shutdown internet services in some parts of its own country while talking about providing services in Indian-administered Kashmir.

​There were some who lambasted the government for “too much talk and too little action”; while there are others who welcomed the initiative.

​A lot of people are mocking the Pakistani minister for talking of providing internet in Kashmir while his country itself lags behind in the field of innovation and technology.

​Islamabad and New Delhi have been at loggerheads over Kashmir since they attained freedom from British colonial rule in 1947. Both countries govern part of Kashmir while claiming the entire territory.

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