Violence fallout: Stop-press order issued in Kashmir
Authorities on Saturday banned newspaper publication in Kashmir for three days after police raided media houses and shut down a major printing press in what is being seen as the most sweeping information blackout in the valley rocked by violence. “The undesirable step was taken to ensure peace,” government spokesman Nayeem Akhtar said.
The gag on print media followed the worst violence in the restive valley in six years that has left at least 40 people dead and scores wounded in clashes between security forces and protesters angry over the killing of top militant leader Burhan Wani.
Mobile and internet services are already blocked in the valley where curfew was extended to the eight day on Saturday. Cable TV was also blocked but was restored on Saturday.
“Pakistan has given (a) black day call. There is an attempt to subvert peace, it is an unusual situation so we were forced to take such an undesirable step,” Akhtar said.