India announces conditional ceasefire in Kashmir

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2018

Mufti thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh for their intervention. Decision taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment.

The Home Ministry on Wednesday said that the decision has been taken to help the "peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment".

The Centre said it was necessary to "isolate the forces who bring a bad name to Islam" through violence and militancy.

In a series of tweets, the Home Minister's Office (HMO) said, "The Centre asks security forces not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan". However, forces have been given the right to retaliate "if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people".

Sources in the security establishment termed the decision as hugely significant and said the next few days would reveal if a respite can create the space for normalcy and some political initiatives after stepped-up counterterrorism in 2017 and 2018.Critics have been vocal about the muscular, aggressive approach of the government, saying it had actually encouraged terrorists to draw new recruits.

"It provides for alternative punishment for an act or omission constituting an offence under the Ordinance and also under various provisions of the State Penal Code relating to sexual assault", the official said.

Ridiculing state DGP's appeal to militants to utilize the opportunity of ceasefire and return to their families independent lawmaker and MLA Langate Er Rasheed has said that "even if Delhi shows some sincerity vis-a-vis ceasefire but security agencies, especially Jammu and Kashmir Police, will leave no stone unturned to fail the move as their vested interest with the violence has become an industry". "My gratitude also to the leaders & parties who participated in the All Party Meeting & helped build consensus towards this announcement (sic)", Mehbooba tweeted.

They also torched the effigy of the BJP for putting the life of the security personnel at risk in the valley and accused the Saffron Party of appeasing Ms Mehbooba Mufti merely to keep the "dirty alliance" intact in the State.

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".

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