Big Story: ‘Unilateral Ceasefire’ ends

Rajnath Singh said ‘unilateral ceasefire’ ends

Srinagar: A month long halt in security operations in Kashmir has ended, home minister Rajnath Singh said.

“The Government of India decides not to extend the suspension of operations in J&K announced in the beginning of Ramazan,” Home Minister tweeted.

He said the government forces would start resuming operations against the militants.

Giving details about the halting of operations on 17th May 2018- the beggning of the month of holy Ramzaan- home minister said government of India took the decision that “security Forces will not conduct offensive operations in J&K during the holy month of Ramzan”.

“This decision was taken in the interests of the peace loving people of J&K, in order to provide them a conducive atmosphere to observe Ramzan,” he said.

Rajnath hailed the government forces for showing “exemplary” tolerance in the wake of mounting militant attacks.

He said the decision to stop security operations was been widely appreciated by the people “all over the country, including J&K, and has brought relief to the common citizens”.

Rajnath said it was expected that everyone will cooperate in ensuring the success of this initiative.

“While the Security Forces have displayed exemplary restraint during this period, the terrorists have continued with their attacks, on civilians and SFs, resulting in deaths and injuries,” he said.

As such he said government forces have been “being directed to take all necessary actions as earlier to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence and killings”.

The home minister said government was committed to working for creating an environment “free of terror and  violence in Jammu and Kashmir”.

Earlier, Delhi had announced a rare halt in security operations with the onset of the holy month of Ramzaan. But even if killings have gone down, militant attacks spiked up by 30 percent since the security operations were stopped.

Army was opposing the unilateral halt in security operations from the beginning.

The Home Minister had earlier offered talks to the Hurriyat, but they said they will only respond once the government of India had made its stand clear with respect to the specifics of the talks.

On talks with the Hurriyat, sources said the Home Minister will push the Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma to open talks with them around or after Eid.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has appealed to the resistance leadership to grab the opportunity of dialogue with Delhi and move forward.


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