Ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramadan

Centre announces ceasefire in J&K; Mufti, Omar welcomes move

Centre Asks Security Forces Not To Launch Operations In Jammu And Kashmir During Ramzan

While the order will hold good till 16 June, a central government official familiar with the development said, on condition of anonymity, that "militant groups in Kashmir don't have stable leadership and one month is too short a time for them to regroup".

About 65 terrorists and 29 sliders have been killed this year.

In a statement, the Chief Minister said the decision would go a long way in healing the wounds of people of the State's people who have been suffering the tragedies and pain of violence and uncertainty for the past three decades or so. The "people-centric" decision came with the important caveat that the armed forces will have the right to retaliate if challenged by terrorists or if such action is essential to protect lives of innocent people. "The government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help Muslim brothers and sisters observe Ramzan without any difficulty", it added.

The fasting month of Ramzan starts tomorrow.

Deepak while addressing the students said that the decision so imposed by the government on Indian army is purely with the intention of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to slow down operation All Out in the valley.

The official said there will be "no cordon and search operations" by the Army.

Besides, this approach of New Delhi puts the entire onus on Pakistan-backed terror groups in Kashmir for all the violence that happens during the suspension of combat operations by the security forces. It also gave an opportunity for the state government to blame the Centre for the unrest and alienation of youth.

Mehbooba Mufti and Opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah welcomed the Centre's decision. Any attempt to increase attacks by Pakistan-trained militants will be forcibly retaliated and sources said the counter-infiltration grid shall remain active and will foil any attempt by terrorists to sneak across the LoC and worldwide border.

In a move that caught security forces and defence experts off guard, the Union home ministry on Wednesday ordered security forces in Jammu and Kashmir not to conduct operations during the month of Ramzan.

He said, "it is obvious that the chief Minister has compromised everything for the chair and left people at the mercy of the men in uniform".

The terrorists were also provided a cover by sympathisers which pelted stones at the security forces.

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