Srinagar: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday appealed the terrorists not to carry out any attack during the holy month of Ramadan, which is likely to begin on May 6. Also Read - Congratulations Pour in For Mamata Banerjee as TMC Scores Landslide Victory in West Bengal
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief also appealed to the Centre not to conduct crackdowns and search operations so as to let the people of the state spend at least one month in relief. Also Read - Mehbooba Mufti Denied Passport Due to 'Adverse' Police Verification Report
Addressing a press conference, Mufti said, “Ramadan is approaching. People pray day and night and go to mosques, I would like to appeal to Govt of India that just like there was a ceasefire during Ramadan last yr, crackdowns, search ops should be stopped, so that people of J&K spend at least this one month in relief.” Also Read - Mehbooba Mufti Once Spoke to Hizbul Terrorist Naveed Babu: NIA
“I would also like to appeal to the militants that Ramadan is a month of worship & prayers. They should not make any attacks during this time,” she added.
Notably, last year in May, the Union government had directed security forces not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan to help Muslims observe the holy month in a ‘peaceful environment’. However, the ceasefire was ended by the Centre exactly after a month as militant attacks continued during the period.
The former chief minister also slammed the Centre for imposing ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and JKLF, suspension of cross-LoC trade and the closure of highway for civilian traffic for two days a week, while claiming that the government has turned Jammu and Kashmir ‘into a battlefield’.