SRINAGAR (AFP) India on Friday banned residents in Indian-occupied Kashmir from sending text messages only to revoke the edict hours later after it angered phone users and the regions chief minister. In an unexpected announcement, Indias telecommunications and information technology ministries banned subscribers with monthly contracts from sending messages, while pre-paid mobile users were to be limited to 10 a day. The ban was to come into effect from midnight Saturday but hours later a government statement said it had decided to withdraw its order of April 16, 2010 imposing restrictions on SMS services. There was no explanation for the move to ban the service beyond the assertion that it was in the interest of the national security. The restrictions were withdrawn after Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah termed the ban harassment. An officer sitting in the department of telecommunications or home ministry cannot decide what is right or what is wrong for the people of my state, Abdullah told the Press Trust of India news agency. He said the state government was attempting to bridge the gap between the unpopular government in New Delhi and Kashmiris, and such moves as restricting SMSs were dampeners. This harassment needs to be put to an end once and for all, he said. The sending of bulk text messages through online portals was also banned under the new rules. Abdullah admitted the state government had asked for a ban on sending bulk texts, which we believe is being used to spread rumours and gossip. This request has not been understood properly, he said.