No ceasefire extension in J&K: Rajnath

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Jun 2018 08:40:59


 

NEW DELHI,

“It is important that all sections of peace loving people come together to isolate the terrorists and motivate those who have been misguided to return to the path of peace,” Rajnath Singh said

 

THE Centre on Sunday called off its month-long suspension of operations against terror groups during the holy month of Ramzan in Jammu and Kashmir and directed the security forces to take “all necessary action” at the earliest to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here.


“Security forces are being directed to take all necessary actions as earlier to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence and killings,” Singh said in a statement but made it clear that the Government will continue with its endeavour to create an environment free of terror and violence in the State. “It is important that all sections of peace loving people come together to isolate the terrorists and motivate those who have been misguided to return to the path of peace,” he said.


The Centre had announced suspension of operations at the beginning of the holy month on May 17 and had said the decision was being taken in the interests of the peace loving people of the State, in order to provide them a conducive atmosphere during the fasting month. He commended the role of security forces for having implemented the decision in letter and spirit in the face of grave provocation, to enable the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramazan in a peaceful manner.

“This has been widely appreciated by the people all over the country, including Jammu and Kashmir, and has brought relief to the common citizens,” he said, adding it was expected that everyone will cooperate in ensuring the success of this initiative.


“While the Security Forces have displayed exemplary restraint during this period, the terrorists have continued with their attacks, on civilians and Security Forces, resulting in deaths and injuries,” he said. According to officials, there were 18 incidents of terror between April 17 to May 17 this year and the figure rose to above 50 during the suspension of operations.

The suspension of operations saw brutal killings which included that of An army soldier by militants, attacks on civilians propagating moderate approach and finally gunning down of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was a strong voice of peace, they said.


The security agencies had alerted the Government about designs by certain terror groups to disrupt the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra beginning June 28 and the need for conducting some operations in South Kashmir.


“We have to take the decision in the right spirit. The Home Ministry has taken note of all the inputs available and decided that suspension of operation, which was carried out for one month, will no longer continue,” Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said. “I think the immediate priority for all of us is conducting the upcoming Amarnath yatra in successful manner and for that not only the Government but the civil society will have to extend cooperation and we will have to ensure that nothing happens that will disrupt the Amarnath yatra and discourage the pilgrims.