Ramzan in J&K: Forces to halt operations but not lower guard; top updates

Kashmir unrestSecurity forces in Jammu and Kashmir have been ordered not to launch operations during the holy month of Ramzan, which starts from Thursday. The Centre on Wednesday told security forces not to launch operations during the holy month of Ramadan. The decision was taken “to help the peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment”, a Home Ministry statement said on Wednesday. Home Minister Rajnath Singh informed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti about the decision. The suspension of operations against militants in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan is not a concession to extremists but an effort to create an environment free of terror and violence during the holy month, officials said on Wednesday, while asserting there will be no lowering of guard. The central government has been trying to create an environment free of terror and violence to enable Muslims to observe Ramzan in a peaceful manner and in a conducive environment so that terrorists do not exploit their religious sentiments, a home ministry official said, explaining the reason behind the government decision. Motivated by this consideration, the government has issued instructions to the security forces and Army not to undertake offensive operations during Ramzan in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said. However, if it is essential for protecting the life of the common people, the security forces will be compelled to take appropriate action. It is expected that all Muslim brothers and sisters who follow the true tenets of Islam will cooperate in ensuring the success of this initiative, the official said. Earlier today, the Home Ministry in a major announcement said security forces will not launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan, a move seen as a bid to bring peace in the restive valley. Another official said it is a matter of regret that over the last few years, terrorists have indulged in large-scale bloodshed not only in India but also in other parts of the world during the holy month. This has caused immense sufferings to peace-loving Muslims adhering to the true tenets of Islam. People belonging to other communities have also suffered, the official said. “The government of India wants that during the ensuing month of Ramzan, no section of society and in particular, the peace-loving Muslim community should face any difficulty. It is important that all peace-loving people come together to isolate the terrorists and motivate those who have been misguided to return to the path of peace,” the official said. The fasting month of Ramzan is would start and ends with the celebration of Eid. Top 10 development on Modi govt’s conditional ceasefire in Jammu & Kashmir during Ramzan 1. Suspension of operations in JK no concession to militants; no lowering of guard, say officials: The suspension of operations against militants in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan is not a concession to extremists but an effort to create an environment free of terror and violence during the holy month, officials said on Wednesday, while asserting there will be no lowering of guard. “This is not a concession to militants. This is aimed at people not to have any difficulty during the holy month of Ramzan. All right-thinking people want peace, youngsters want education, good life. Hope militants will not make it difficult for people. There will be no lowering of guard during this period,” the official said. “Ramzan is in true sense, the month of worship, purity and peace. It should be our collective endeavour to isolate those who bring a bad name to Islam by their senseless acts of terror and violence,” he added. 2. Hope all in Kashmir will reciprocate Centre’s peace move, says BJP: The BJP today expressed hope that the Centre’s decision to stop operations of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan will be reciprocated by all in the valley.
Source: Business Standard