Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday told Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that her request of ceasefire during Ramzan has been accepted.
“Home Minister Rajnath Singh called me saying the Centre has decided a ceasefire during the month of Ramzan. It is a very good news. I hope that everybody supports this initiative,” Mehbooba Mufti confirmed to The Indian Express.
In a statement issued, the Ministry of Home Affairs said: “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. Security Forces to reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people. Government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers & sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties,” the statement read.
“It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror,” the MHA further said.
“The Centre has asked security forces not to launch operations in Jammu & Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan,” PDP Youth Wing President Waheed Para confirmed to The Indian Express.