Govt announces conditional ceasefire in J&K during Ramzan

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Soon after the Centre approved suspension of operations on Wednesday, home minister Rajnath Singh informed J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti of the decision. "My gratitude also to the leaders & parties who participated in the all-party meeting & helped build consensus towards this announcement", Mehbooba said in a tweet following the Centre's announcement. The decision, according to a communiqué, has been taken to help "Muslims" observe Ramazan peacefully.

However, the statement added: "If it is essential for protecting the life of the common people, the security forces will be compelled to take appropriate action".

1994, JKLF: Yasin Malik, chief of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), announced a unilateral ceasefire and turned his pro-independence militant outfit into a separatist political party.

Meanwhile, Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti thanked Government of India for declaring unilateral ceasefire.

The Non-Initiation of Combat Operations (NICO) announced on November 19, 2000 was called off after six months on May 31, 2001.

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.

Singh said the Centre's decision had been conveyed to the chief minister, who welcomed the decision in a tweet.

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It suggests that the youth may face increased stress and mental health challenges when school is in session. Peaks for encounters among the groups were highest in the fall and spring, and lowest in the summer.

The holy month of Ramzan will start on Thursday.

The request for ceasefire in Kashmir received support from Concerned Citizens Group, inclduing former Union minister Yashwant Sinha and former chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah.

"This gesture does not mean security forces will be sitting ducks".

Madni said Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee adopted such an approach and was able to leave an indelible impression on minds of the people on the efficacy and positivity of compassionate and reconciliatory measures, which if continued will yield dividends to all. He said Holy month of Ramadan has given New Delhi a chance to focus on the promises made and deal with the situation in Kashmir through confidence building envisaging a spirit to own.

These would include cordon-and-search operations (CASO) that have seen almost 270 terrorists being killed in 2017 and 2018, and have lately become a trigger for local stone-pelting protests.

Officials also clarified that there is no ceasefire on the Line of Control (LOC) where the Pakistan Army regularly targets Indian Army posts to dominate the LoC and provide covering fire to terrorists trying to sneak into Jammu & Kashmir. Mir said the PDP's firm resolve of peace through reconciliation is a tested political way forward that has served the interests of the people and said this is another ray of hope that the party sees for a peaceful valley.

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