Authorities in Kashmir have said that they have restored 17 out of approximately 100 telephone exchanges in the valley [Danish Ismail/Reuters]

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have begun restoring landline phone services after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout, following a decision to revoke the special status of the Muslim-majority region earlier this month.

Administrator Shahid Choudhary said restrictions were being lifted in most areas and government offices would open on Saturday.

According to a local police chief who spoke to the AFP news agency on Saturday, 17 out of approximately 100 telephone exchanges were restored in the restive Kashmir Valley.

Dilbag Singh, police chief in Jammu and Kashmir state which encompasses the valley, said mobile internet had also been restored to five

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