Ceasefire in J&K during Ramzan

  • Ceasefire in J&K during Ramzan

Ceasefire in J&K during Ramzan

The security forces, however, reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people, the spokesperson added.

In the all-party Meeting that was held last week, Mehbooba Mufti had proposed that the Centre should consider a unilateral ceasefire in the state starting from Ramzan in mid-May until the completion of the Amarnath yatra in August. Mehbooba made the appeal after convening an all-party meeting in Srinagar in the wake of death of a 22-year-old youth from Tamil Nadu in stone pelting. "I would like to congratulate Home Minister Rajnath Singh [and] PM Modi", he told ANI.

Refering to it, Omar Abdullah also tweeted, "Centre will call this a NICO - Non-initiation of combat operations". "I welcome this", Dr Abdullah said. "There is no difference of opinion, everyone is on board", said the home ministry official.

The ministry said that the decision to halt operations was taken to "help the peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment". "On this issue, BJP doesn't share the opinion that unilateral ceasefire should be declared".

The situation in Kashmir valley is considered to be turbulent where almost 80 incidents of violence occurred in last four months and civilians were often seen coming out to encounter sites to stage protests with the intention of giving the militants an opportunity to escape.

The Chief Minister urged all groups to reciprocate positively to the gesture which is aimed at giving relief to the people of the State who have seen enough torment and tragedy. Mir also thanked all the parties who spoke in unison to demand this Ramazan Ceasefire.

Terming it as a change maker CBM, Mir said that this will go a long way in restoring peace in the valley. A consensus was formed to push for a Ramzan ceasefire proposal within the state. They claim that such a step is not at all in "national interest".

Pertinently, behind the scene, Mehbooba has been pressing central leaders to call for a unilateral ceasefire in the Valley to give people a breather from the Combing and Search Operations (CASO) and anti-militancy operations.

"We have a strong view..." The decision can also prove to be a costly gamble by the BJP government in Centre but it is surely a decision that is bold and can have implications beyond politics. The ceasefire was extended three times.

On December 7, 2000, Gen Pervez Musharraf indicated that Pakistan had offered "tripartite talks" among Pakistan, India and the Kashmiri leadership.