Centre announces ceasefire in Kashmir

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The central government on Wednesday announced a ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, asking security forces to halt their operations during Ramadan to help "peace loving Muslims" observe the holy month in a peaceful environment.

The statement added that the decision was taken in order to facilitate peace-loving Muslims to observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment. "Home Minister Rajnath Singh has informed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister [Mehbooba Mufti] of the Centre's decision".

"It is a great step forward". A group of citizens, including former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, had also extended support to Mufti's call for a unilateral ceasefire till completion of the Amarnath Yatra.

Terming it as a change maker CBM, Mir said that this will go a long way in restoring peace in the valley.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had last week said the army had to be firm to deal with militants in the Valley. He said this will pre-empt violence or any harm to innocent people and will lead to a new atmosphere of confidence building in the troubled state. Mir also thanked all the parties who spoke in unison to demand this Ramazan Ceasefire.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Chief Minister Mufti hoped that Pakistan would reciprocate the initiative and instruct the terrorists to cease their attacks.

Madni expressed hope that decision of restraint will thus be further expanded to virtual ceasefire so that a beginning is made to build bridges with youth through public good will which can not be earned otherwise. "It's what they called it during the Vajpayee-Advani era as well but it's still a unilateral ceasefire".

However, BJP's J&K spokesman Sunil Sethi in a press conference that a unilateral ceasefire is not in the national interest under the present circumstances.

"We have a strong view..." Hostilities continued, however, with more than 800 persons killed, according to figures compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal.

Indian Government expects that Indians should cooperate in this noble initiative.