JAMMU: Rejecting the unilateral ceasefire proposal of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Union Minister in PMO with independent charge of North Eastern States, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that those advocating for ceasefire during the fasting month of Ramzan must first ask terrorists who have picked up guns to practice the teachings of holy Quran in real sense which totally forbids violence and harming of fellow human beings during the sacred month.
Talking to reporters here, on the sidelines of an official function to review the CRF and PMGSY road projects for the Jammu region, the Union Minister asked “why not to ask terrorists who have picked up guns to shun violence during the holy month of Ramzan? The ceasefire can’t be unilateral but it is bilateral process and those who are advocating it must first ask the terrorists to declare ceasefire in the fasting month of Ramzan to follow the teachings of Quran in real sense instead of politicking over Ramzan to please their constituency”. He said the ceasefire should be seen as a point of strength and not as weakness. “It should be seen that the other side is demanding mercy on the name of ceasefire”, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that Centre has not received any proposal regarding the unilateral ceasefire so far and the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has also made it clear that no formal proposal has been received in this regard till date”.
“Moreover it is the prerogative of Central Government and not the State whether to accept the proposal or not”, he added.
The ceasefire is the personnel opinion of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and Centre is fully capable to take a decision on it, he said.
On the demand from certain quarters including Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and NC patriarch, Dr Farooq Abdullah regarding holding of talks with Pakistan, Dr Jitendra Singh made it clear that it is the prerogative of Central Government whether to hold talks with Pakistan or not.
“The Narendra Modi Government is the only dispensation which is pursuing the policy of consistency and commitment so far dealing with Pakistan and fighting terrorism is concerned and there can’t be any deviation in this policy”, he added. “Every day it is being said hold talks with Pakistan. But we have not done it so far”, he said, adding “whatever is being said it will not change Centre’s point of view”.