Centre decides not to extend Ramzan ceasefire in J&K

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

File photo of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

In keeping with the review of security situation in the valley and also in view of the Amarnath Yatra starting on June 28,  the centre, on Sunday, decided not to extend the suspension of anti-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The operations against the terrorists to resume,” the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement.

The government had on May 17, announced security forces will halt counter-insurgency operations during the Islamic holy month of Ramzan  in first ceasefire in troubled state in more than 17 years, accepting a demand made by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti

The government commends the security forces for having shown exemplary restraint during Ramzan despite grave provocations, it said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is committed to working for creating an environment free of terror and violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The Government of India decides not to extend the suspension of operations in J&K announced in the beginning of Ramzan,” the MHA said.  The announcement comes days after senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead in Srinagar.

(with agency inputs)