Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Centre announces ceasefire in Kashmir

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard during restriction in downtown area of Srinagar Paramilitary soldiers stand guard during restriction in downtown area of Srinagar
Sidney Guerrero | 17 May, 2018, 11:44

Abdullah tweeted, "On the demand of all political parties (except the BJP, which had opposed it) the Centre has announced a unilateral ceasefire".

However, there is a view that terrorists group, which are now under pressure, would get a month's time to regroup.

Nearly all terrorists groups operating in the valley in 2000 had rejected the government offer.

Welcoming the decision, former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said, "It is a great step forward, I would like to congratulate Home Minister Rajnath Singh & PM Modi".

There has been mixed reaction in Jammu and Kashmir over the Centre's decision to halt military operations against separatist militants during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. An officer said the onus is now on terrorists to ensure peace-loving Muslims of Kashmir can observe a violence-free Ramzan. Centre in a statement said that it is crucial to isolate the forces those who bring a bad name to Islam. "The Army's position is that it has to be firm on terrorism".

Madni said the experiences of New Delhi are not limited in respect to problems facing the state of Jammu and Kashmir and restraint is not the first or last experiment for tackling insurgencies. "Terrorism has to be eliminated by the Indian Army for which firm action is required". Previously appealing to the Kashmiri youth, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had asked them not to take the path of armed life as they can not win against the might of the Indian Army.

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Senior ministry officials said calling the initiative a "ceasefire" was inaccurate, saying that such a term would indicate agreement between two parties while the Ramzan move is a unilateral "suspension of operations".

1994, JKLF: Yasin Malik, chief of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), announced a unilateral ceasefire and turned his pro-independence militant outfit into a separatist political party.

The Chief Minister urged all groups to reciprocate positively to the gesture which is aimed at giving relief to the people of the State who have seen enough torment and tragedy. Security Forces to reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.

Sources said the government would carefully monitor the situation. "They will take appropriate measures to ensure peace", he said.

These would include cordon-and-search operations (CASO) that have seen almost 270 terrorists being killed in 2017 and 2018, and have lately become a trigger for local stone-pelting protests. "Wish them good luck (sic)".

Forward posts in the Siachen Glacier, and posts and formations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) are now being stocked.

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