J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti says Pakistan has no respect for Ramzan

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti lashed out at Pakistan for continuous heavy shelling of Indian villages and border outposts that resulted in the deaths of four civilians and one Border Security Force jawan in the wee hours of Friday.

The BSF jawan died at Jabbowal border outpost in Jammu and the civilians in RS Pura sector.

Mehbooba Mufti said while India has announced an unilateral cessation of security operations during the holy month of Ramzan, Pakistan has no respect for the holy month.

“Continued firing on the border in Jammu is cause of pain & worry. Sad that while our country took the lead in starting peace initiatives with cessation of operations during Ramzan, Pakistan has shown no respect whatsoever for this holy month”, Mufti tweeted on Friday.

“Pakistan will have to reciprocate & contribute to efforts for lasting peace. Everyone must realise that violence is a zerosum game”, she added.

Earlier on 16 May, the Central government directed the Security Forces not to launch operations in Jammu & Kashmir state during the holy month of Ramzan. In a statement released by the Ministry of Home Affairs it said the decision was taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment.

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

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