Govt not to extend Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir
New Delhi: The government today announced that it was ending the month-long suspension of security operations against militants in Jammu and Kashmir after a senior journalist and an Indian Army soldier were killed in a spike of violence.
“The (sic) operations against the terrorists to resume,” said the Home Ministry on Twitter.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government decided to suspend the ceasefire because of terrorists.
“While the Security Forces have displayed exemplary restraint during this period, the terrorists have continued with their attacks, on civilians and SFs [security forces], resulting in deaths and injuries,” he said on Twitter.
The government had on May 17 announced security forces will halt counter-insurgency operations during the Islamic holy month of Ramzan in the first ceasefire in the troubled state in more than 17 years, accepting a demand made by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Kashmir has witnessed a violent week. On Saturday, a 20-year-old man was killed in clashes between police and civilians after Eid prayers in south Kashmir’s Anantnag. A teenager was allegedly killed in army firing during protests in Pulwama on Friday.
Senior journalist and editor of newspaper ‘Rising Kashmir’ Shujaat Bukhari was gunned down by suspected militants in state capital Srinagar.