Jammu: In a New Year gift to the people of
Jammu and Kashmir, the state government today withdrew the ban
on Short Messaging Services (SMS) using post-paid mobile phone
but the ban on sending of bulk messages remained in force.
The decision was taken at the directive of Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah who reviewed the overall situation in the state
with senior officials as well as intelligence agency sleuths,
official sources said.
The ban was imposed in June this year following
widespread unrest in the Valley, which was further fuelled by
bulk messages sent in by anti-national forces.
According to the order, which comes barely 9 days ahead
of the New Year, the state government asked mobile service
operators to allow SMS services from all post-paid phones.
However, the ban on bulk messages sent usually from
computers remained banned, the notification said.