After Threats, Cable Operators Suspending Services for 24 Hours; Seek UJC, Hurriyat Intervention



An apex body of Kashmir cable operators have decided to suspend its services for 24 hours as a “precautionary measure” following threats by unknown persons in southern district of Pulwama district.

The acting president of Kashmir Cable Operators Association, Yasir Haneef, told Srinagar-based news agency GNS over phone that the decision was taken in a meeting held today.

“On Friday evening, two persons asked operatives at ACN website cable network to shut the services. They told them that the order of closure has been issued through posters,” Haneef said, adding that the operatives tried to persuade them by saying that it is the source of earning for them but they clearly said that “they conveyed their message”.

Haneef said the operatives instantly shut the services and were restored only after the intervention of police and district administration.

He said the cable operators across Kashmir have decided to suspend services from 7 pm today till 7 pm Sunday. The acting president sought the intervention of militant amalgam United Jihad Council (UJC) and Hurriyat Conferences in resolving the issue.

“Thousands of youth earn their bread and butter through cable services and if the services are shut, they will become jobless,” he said.

The association has said that cable operators don’t indulge in spreading “pornography”. “Instead, we air more and more Islamic television channels,” they said

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