Union government on Wednesday declared a conditional ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. A statement in this regard says, It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror.
The statement further says, Government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties.
The Centre asks Security Forces not to launch operations in Jammu & Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. Decision taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment.
HM Shri @rajnathsingh has informed the Chief Minister, J&K of Centre’s decision.
— गृहमंत्री कार्यालय, HMO India (@HMOIndia) May 16, 2018
The Centre asked the security forces to not launch operations in the region during the next thirty days. However, security forces reserve right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people, the statement said.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the Centre’s decision and said that the decision will help in “creating a peaceful and amicable environment for a sustainable dialogue”.
I wholeheartedly welcome the Ramadan ceasefire & would like to thank @narendramodi ji & @rajnathsingh ji for their personal intervention. My gratitude also to the leaders & parties who participated in the All Party Meeting & helped build consensus towards this announcement. 1/2
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) May 16, 2018
“I wholeheartedly welcome the Ramadan ceasefire and would like to thank Narendra Modi ji and Rajnath Singh ji for their personal intervention. My gratitude also to the leaders and parties who participated in the All Party Meeting and helped build consensus towards this announcement,” the CM said in a tweet.