New Delhi, June 17: In a major announcement, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the unilateral ceasefire imposed during the holy month of Ramzan will not be extended any further.
“On 17th May, GoI (Government) took decision that Security Forces will not conduct offensive operations in J&K during holy month of Ramzan. Decision was taken in interests of the peace loving people of J&K, in order to provide them a conducive atmosphere to observe Ramzan,” said Singh.
“Security Forces are being directed to take all necessary actions as earlier to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence and killings. Government will continue with its endeavour to create an environment free of terror and violence in J&K,” he added.
The government’s peace initiative has been reciprocated neither by terrorists nor separatist elements like the Hurriyat, which has been evident from the spike in targeted violence during the month and Ramzan and even on Eid.
During the holy month of Ramzan, the Valley witnessed a spike in bloodshed including grenade attacks, the killing of Bukhari who had supported “Ramzan ceasefire” and the abduction and killing of Army jawan Aurangzeb, whose bullet-riddled body was found in Pulwama on Thursday.
“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,” said the Home Minister while making the announcement.
The government’s decision to not extend the ceasefire also comes in the wake of the threat to the Amarnath Yatra beginning June 28, as some militant groups, including JK-ISIS as well as Gazwat-ul-Hind, a group owing allegiance to Al-Qaeda, have rejected the Ramzan ceasefire.