India announces ceasefire in J&K during Ramazan


NEW DELHI: India’s home ministry says government troops in held Kashmir have been asked to stop counter-insurgency operations during the Muslim fasting month of Ramazan.
The ministry in a series of tweets on Wednesday said the decision was made so that Muslims can observe the holy month “in a peaceful environment”.
Another tweet said Indian troops “reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people”. No separatist group fighting against Indian rule immediately issued any statement about the announcement.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has welcomed the Centre’s order directing the security forces to not launch operations in the state during the holy month of Ramzan.
The Chief Minister took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for their personal intervention in this regard.
Mehbooba further said that such decision will in future create a peaceful environment for a sustained dialogue. In another tweet, she said, “The month of Ramadan is a harbinger of peace & such a decision will go a long way in creating a peaceful & amicable environment for a sustained dialogue.”
Accordingly, the security forces are to reserve the right to retaliate, if attacked or if it is essential to protect the lives of innocent people.
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday welcomed the Centre’s decision to suspend the operations against terrorist in the state during the holy month of Ramzan. “It is a great step forward, I would like to congratulate Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This reminds me of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji’s era when he announced unilateral ceasefire. I welcome this,” Farooq told ANI.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also welcomed the Centre’s decision and said that it would help create a “peaceful and amicable environment for a sustained dialogue.”