Centre halts security operations in J&K during Ramzan

The Central government has directed the Security Forces not to launch operations in Jammu & Kashmir state during the holy month of Ramzan. In a statement released today the Ministry of Home Affairs said the decision was taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment.

“It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror,” the MHA statement further said.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has informed J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of Centre’s decision.

The MHA, however, said the security forces reserve “the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people”.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti  has wholeheartedly welcomed the Ramadan ceasefire announced by the Centre and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for their personal intervention. She hoped that the Centre’s decision “will go a long away in creating a peaceful and amicable environment for a sustained dialogue.”

Reacting to the Centre’s unilateral ceasefire, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in a tweet, “On the demand of all political parties (except the BJP, which had opposed it) the Centre has announced a unilateral ceasefire. Now if the militants don’t respond in kind they will stand exposed as the true enemies of the people”.

The last time the Union government announced an unilateral ceasefire during the month of Ramzan was in 2000, during the Vajpayee government’s tenure.

Adish Chakma

Adish Chakma can be contacted at info@theapolitical.in
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