Vastavam web: Security forces will not launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan, a move seen as a bid to bring peace and provide a conducive atmosphere in the restive valley.The announcement by the Home Ministry comes two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on SaturdayToday’s decision has been taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment, a Home Ministry spokesperson said
The Ministry said the security forces, however, reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.Today’s announcement comes a week after Mufti had said that the central government should consider a unilateral ceasefire in the state starting from Ramzan till the completion of the Amarnath yatra in August.The fasting month of Ramzan is likely to start tomorrow or Friday depending on sighting of the moon and ends on Eid
However, the ministry did not mention whether the suspension of operations against the militants will continue during the Amarnath yatra which will start on June 28 and conclude on August 26.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has informed Mufti of the central government’s decision.During his Independence Day address last year, Modi had said bullets or abuses will not resolve the Kashmir issue and that it can be addressed by embracing every Kashmiri
Modi had said his government is committed to restoring the lost glory of Kashmir and its status as ‘heaven on earth’The prime minister had said only a “handful of separatists” were resorting to different tactics to create problems in the state and asserted that there will be no soft approach towards terrorism.Almost all terrorists groups operating in the valley in 2000 had rejected the government offer
However, the NICO was discontinued after five months after increased violence, including an attack at the Srinagar airport in which six militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba stormed it killing two security personnel and two civilians. All six militants were also killed in the retaliatory firing.The valley has witnessed the killing of over 55 militants including at least 27 locals this year.