Centre halts security ops in J&K

Centre halts security ops in J&K

Centre halts security ops in J&K

The ministry said in a tweet that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had informed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of the Centre's decision. "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.

The Centre justified its announcement by saying it "has been trying to create an environment free of terror and violence to enable the Muslim brothers to observe Ramazan in a peaceful manner and in conducive environment so that terrorists do not exploit their religious sentiments".

New Delhi, May 16 The BJP today expressed hope that the Centre's decision to stop operations of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan will be reciprocated by all in the valley.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had last week said the army had to be firm to deal with militants in the Valley.

However, top Army sources say that the security forces' concerns were accounted for when the Centre made a decision to announce a qualified ceasefire.

The holy month of Ramzan will start on Thursday.

Mehbooba Mufti also thanked all the political parties in the State which backed her idea of cessation of hostilities in one voice during the All Parties Meeting convened by her recently.

Mufti had also failed to win the support of opposition the National Conference and the Congress on the question of a ceasefire in Kashmir.

Earlier, Mufti had demanded a unilateral ceasefire by the security forces during Ramzan and Amarnath yatra in the valley.

Madni said that Jammu and Kashmir has suffered immensely due to militancy related violence and Holy month of Ramadan offers an opportunity to the state to make an appropriate assessment for an effective strategy that provides relief to masses.

"We are in complete disagreement and the chief minister can not pressure us on this".

Madni said Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee adopted such an approach and was able to leave an indelible impression on minds of the people on the efficacy and positivity of compassionate and reconciliatory measures, which if continued will yield dividends to all.

As regards pressure on terrorists, they said almost 65 terrorists were killed in the first four months this year in operations conducted round the clock. Sources said there would be no thinning down of forces. "Wish them good luck (sic)". The locals are seen to be "very unhappy young men" who have serious issues with the state but at the same time they have no love for Pakistan.

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