No media ban in Kashmir: Omar Abdullah

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 16:01 hrs

As curfew was lifted in some parts of Srinagar city on Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said 'no ban' was imposed on publication of newspapers in the Valley.

Curfew was imposed in Kashmir following the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on Saturday.

Omar said the dailies decided not to print as curfew had made ´delivery of newspapers impossible´.

"There is NO ban on newspapers in Kashmir. Papers are choosing not to print because restrictions make delivery of newspapers impossible. 1/4," Omar tweeted.

"If there was a ban then it would have extended to their Internet editions as well which are regularly being updated 2/4," he said.

"As the restrictions ease the newspapers will resume publication because the problem isn´t with printing its with them being unable to sell," the Chief Minister said.

"And those continuously going on about a "government gag" would be well advised to produce a single copy of this gag order 4/4," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Several media offices started functioning from Wednesday.

Meanwhile, curfew has been partially lifted in several areas of Srinagar city.

According to reports, curfew was lifted from Nigeen, Lal Bazaar and Zakura police station areas.

It was relaxed in several areas like Ram Munshi bagh, Kothibagh, Saddar, Rajbagh and Shergarhi, reports said.

Curfew, however, remained imposed in remaining areas of the Valley for the fifth consecutive day.

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