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Centre declares conditional ceasefire in J&K during Ramzan

Mehbooba Mufti had earlier proposed that the Centre should consider a unilateral ceasefire in the state starting from Ramzan in mid-May until the completion of the Amarnath yatra in August.

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The Centre has declared a conditional unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan.

A statement released by the Home Ministry has asked the security forces not to launch operations in the state during Ramzan, the holy month in which Muslims observe a fast from dawn to dusk.

The statement added that the decision was taken in order to facilitate peace-loving Muslims to observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment. It read, "It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror".

However, the statement added a caveat that the security forces reserved the right to retaliate in the case they were attacked or if it was essential to protect the lives of innocent people.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has welcomed the decision saying that this will pave the way for a sustainable dialogue in the valley. She also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh for their intervention.


In the all-party Meeting that was held last week, Mehbooba Mufti had proposed that the Centre should consider a unilateral ceasefire in the state starting from Ramzan in mid-May until the completion of the Amarnath yatra in August. At that time she was vehemently opposed by Jammu and Kashmir’s BJP unit which asserted that such a step was not in “national interest”. The BJP members in the state were of the view that this step will ease the pressure that the army has created on the militants in the valley, especially during a time when Kashmir is facing rampant violence.
First Published on May 16, 2018 06:06 pm
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