In a surprise announcement, the Union government has ordered security forces in Jammu & Kashmir to halt operations for 30 days for the holy month of Ramzan which starts later this week.
Centre orders unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir for Ramzan
Rajnath Singh announces the unilateral ceasefire
The Centre asks Security Forces not to launch operations in Jammu Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. Decision taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment.— HMO India (@HMOIndia) May 16, 2018
HM Shri @rajnathsingh has informed the Chief Minister, JK of Centre’s decision.
J&K CM Mufti had proposed the unilateral ceasefire
Earlier this month, J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti had urged the Union government to consider a unilateral ceasefire starting from Ramzan in mid-May till the completion of the Amarnath yatra in the month of August.
It seems like the Centre has partially agreed to Mufti's proposal.
However, security forces reserve the right to retaliate if attacked, and take action to protect civilian lives.
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Mufti's appeal for a ceasefire like that during Vajpayee's time
"Everyone (all parties) agreed that we should appeal to the Centre to consider a ceasefire like the unilateral ceasefire in (former PM Atal Bihari) Vajpayee's time in Ramzan (later this month) till Amarnath yatra and Eid," Mufti had said earlier this month.