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Government declares conditional ceasefire in J&K during Ramzan

Government declares conditional ceasefire in J&K during RamzanTIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: May 16, 2018, 17:16 ISTGovernment declares conditional ceasefire in J&K during RamzanLoading

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Centre declares conditional ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during RamzanCentre declares conditional ce...NEW DELHI: The Union government today declared a conditional ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during th e holy month of Ramzan.
It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror, says Centre in a statement
Government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties, the statement added.
The Centre has asked the security forces to not launch operations in the region during the next thirty days.
However, security forces reserve right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people, the statement said.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has been informed about the decision, the ministry of home affairs said.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the Centre's decision and said that the decision will help in "creating a peaceful and amicable environment for a sustainable dialogue".
"I wholeheartedly welcome the Ramadan ceasefire and would like to thank Narendra Modi ji and Rajnath Singh ji for their personal intervention. My gratitude also to the leaders and parties who participated in the All Party Meeting and helped build consensus towards this announcement," the CM said in a tweet.
Former chief minister of the state Omar Abdullah said that if terrorists fail to respond to the ceasefire offer they will stand exposed as the "enemies of the people".
"On the demand of all political parties (except the BJP, which had opposed it) the Centre has announced a unilateral ceasefire. Now if the militants don’t respond in kind they will stand exposed as the true enemies of the people," Abdullah said following the report of ceasefire.
Earlier this month, CM Mufti had urged the Centre to consider a unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir starting from Ramzan in mid May till the completion of the Amarnath yatra in August.
"Everyone (all parties) ag reed 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," she had said.
The holy moth of Ramzan is likely to start tomorrow or Friday depending on the sighting of moon.
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