The Kashmiri authorities, administered by India, have begun restoring landline telephone service after almost two weeks of security and blackmail after deciding earlier this month to revoke the special status of the Muslim majority.
Administrator Shahid Choudhary said the restrictions would be lifted in most areas and government offices would open on Saturday.
According to a local police chief who spoke with the AFP news agency on Saturday, 17 out of about 100 switchboards were restored in the troubled Kashmir valley.
Dilbag Singh, chief of police in Jammu and the Kashmir state that covers the valley, said the mobile Internet had also been restored in five areas of the Jammu area.
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However, about two dozen people talked to an AFP reporter in the capital in Kasmir, Srinagar, saying Saturday morning their landline connections are still dead.
Al Jazeera correspondent Osama Bin Javaid reported from Muzaffarabad Pakistani-administered Kashmir that despite the announcement of India, the mood was "bleak" and "fearful" residents still could not contact their relatives in the valley.
On Saturday, there was a fatal firefight between Indian and Pakistani troops over the over the heavily-militarized control line (LoC) splits Pakistani and Indian-administered Kashmir BVR Subrahmanyam announced Friday that the restoration of telecommunications activity will be carried out in phases until the security situation in the region has occurred, claiming that "terrorists" often use mobile services to carry out "terrorist actions".
The journalist Bharat Bhushan told Al Jazeera that it was an "unverifiable, unverifiable statement".
Asmat Pandith, a Kashmiri student in New Delhi, told Al Jazeera that she and her classmates were in a "mental siege" amidst the barrier in the valley, preventing them from contacting their families ,
The students said that although they hope the curfew will be lifted, they would only believe the statements of the Indian government if they see the results themselves.
The lock could not stop public anger. On Friday, several hundred demonstrators in Srinagar met with police who reacted with tear gas and shotguns.
Protesters hurled stones and used shop signs and sheet metal as improvised shields Police fired dozens of rounds into the crowd. No injuries were reported.
"We want peace and nothing else, but they kept us locked up like a sheep while making decisions about us," Tariq Madri told AFP.
Rare UN Security Council Meeting
The UN The Security Council convened on Friday to discuss Kashmir for the first time in 54 years. This was an event that welcomed the Pakistani Government as an important diplomatic breakthrough.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday welcomed the attempt to hold the meeting and said that " the settlement of the dispute lies within the responsibility of this world body" serious situation in occupied Jammu & Kashmir. This is the first time in more than 50 years that the world's highest diplomatic forum deals with this topic. There are 11 UN Security Council Resolutions affirming the right of Kashmiris to self-determination.
– Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 17 August 2019
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said at a press conference on Saturday that the country would set up a cashmere desk in the ministry and foreign capitals to "lobby for the Kashmiris and their right to self-determination. "
The country's armed forces would be ready to provide a" meaningful response "to India's" mishap "after the UN meeting, military spokesman Asif Ghafoor.
Syed Akbaruddin, the Indian UN ambassador, told reporters after the meeting that Kashmir was an "internal affair" for India and that it would "gradually lift all restrictions" recently imposed on the region. is moving towards normality. "
Zhang Jun, China's UN ambassador, told reporters that the council members were" seriously affected "by the Kashmir crisis and that neither India nor Pakistan should provoke a situation that is" already " very tense and very dangerous ".
These countries should "abandon the zero-sum game mentality," he added.
US President Donald Trump telephoned Pakistani Prime Minister Khan on Friday and spoke about the significance Hogan Gidley, White House spokesman, said relations between India and Pakistan were peaceful despite the demands of the international community Problems continue to be strained.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Pakistan and India not to take any steps that could destabilize India-administered Kashmir, while expressing concern over reports of restrictions by the Indian government ,
On Friday, the Pakistani Army reported more firefights over the LoC.
A Pakistani soldier was said to have been killed, raising the death toll in Pakistan to six since Thursday. Pakistani army spokesman Asif Ghafoor confirmed to Al Jazeera that three civilians were among the dead.
The recent spit between the two countries was triggered on 5 August, when the Hindu nationalist government revoked India's article 370 of the constitution and ended decades of Jammu and Kashmir's autonomy, including powers to pass laws in all matters except defense, communication and foreign affairs.
Before India gave up Kashmir's special status, New Delhi had sent thousands of additional troops into the disputed region, impressing curfew and communication failure.