Centre announces ceasefire in J&K

18 May, 2018, 16:43 | Author: Wade Massey
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What best a time to go for this significant decision than the onset of holy month of Ramadhan which promotes values of patience, self-restraint and tolerance, she said in her statement adding that it would also provide the necessary breather to the people from the violence which they have been craving for so long.

Army sources claim that at present, the intensity of operations is keeping the terrorists on the run, and almost 65 of them killed in the first four months.

Announcing that his party would receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi with black flags on his arrival in the state on Saturday, independent legislator Rashid on Thursday appealed to the people across the state to observe strike on the day. "Security forces reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect innocent people", he said. "Government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers & sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties", it said.

The holy month of Ramzan begins on Wednesday while the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, lasting for almost 50 days, commences June 28.

The ministry said in a tweet that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had informed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of the Centre's decision.

Earlier, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had said that the central government should consider a unilateral ceasefire in the state starting from Ramzan till the completion of the Amarnath yatra in August.

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The decision to suspend counter-terror operations in J&K for a month was taken after factoring in all possibilities, including the likelihood of it coming unstuck due to terrorists who may try to initiate attacks so as to compel security forces to act.

He said, "it is obvious that the chief Minister has compromised everything for the chair and left people at the mercy of the men in uniform".

Er Rasheed said that under such circumstances the Prime Minister's visit is nothing except an attempt to mislead the world community as he has been constantly giving the notion that whatsoever is happening in Jammu and Kashmir is being done by the miscreants and Pakistani agents and is no way different than a law and order problem. The NICO came into effect on November 19, 2000 and lasted till May 31, 2001. However, 260 civilians died and over 500 others were injured in the same period of NICO.

The terrorists were also provided a cover by sympathisers which pelted stones at the security forces.

Local Kashmiri media reports state that terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba has already asserted that they will not honour the cease-fire. Security forces maintained that presently, all the three "tanzeems" are headless with their top commanders neutralised in combat operations by security forces in the recent past.

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