J&K Govt says some militant groups want to sabotage ceasefire

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JAMMU: The State Government claims to have very credible inputs that some militants and their commanders were systematically trying to sabotage ‘Ramzan ceasefire’ announced by the Centre Government by indulging in attacks on security forces and inciting youths to pelt stones on the troops to increase level of violence to prompt the Union Home Ministry to call off ceasefire.
“Militants are trying to create violence at every level especially by attacking security forces at different places with gunfire and grenade attacks and provoking the youth to subject paramilitary forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police vehicles to heavy stone pelting. This is being done to raise level of violence during the month of ceasefire, which, otherwise, had gone down during first fortnight (of the ceasefire),” top official sources told the Excelsior newspaper.
During the past few days, the State Government has observed different type of strategy adopted by various militants and their commanders belong to different outfits especially Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen under which they have been targeting security convoys, police installations, security personnel deployed at various places and other vital places by throwing grenades or opening firing to ensure that number of incidents, which had gone down sharply during first fortnight of ‘Ramzan ceasefire’, increase during the second half, which was very crucial for Jammu and Kashmir.
“Extension or no extension in the ceasefire by the Union Government would depend on the level of violence during remaining period of holy Ramzan month.
The Centre Government especially the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Defence Ministry were keenly watching security situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” sources pointed out and admitted that security forces were not only strictly observing ceasefire but also exercising maximum restraint to keep the level of violence to the minimum during this period of time to make the ceasefire successful.
Noting that even Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat had indicated extension in ceasefire beyond Eid festival if the violence remained under control, sources said, a deliberate attempt is now being made to increase the level of violence by various militant outfits as they don’t want extension of ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir.