Mufti, Abdullah welcome decision

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah have welcomed the Centre’s decision to not launch any security operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan.

“The decision would go a long way in healing the wounds of people of the state who have been suffering the pain of violence and uncertainty for the past three decades or so. What best a time to go for this decision than the onset of holy month of Ramzan which promotes values of patience, self-restraint and tolerance,” Mehbooba said in a statement.

She said the ceasefire would also provide the necessary breather to the people who have been craving for it so long. She thanked the Centre particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the “historic decision”. “This marks the beginning of listening of the story of pain of the state’s people by the country's leadership,” she said. 

 The chief minister appealed to all stakeholders to reciprocate positively to the gesture aimed at giving relief to the people of the state who have seen enough “torment and tragedy”. Mehbooba also thanked political parties who backed her idea of ‘cessation of hostilities’ during a meeting convened by her recently. 

Abdullah tweeted, “On the demand of all political parties (except the BJP, which had opposed it) the Centre has announced a unilateral ceasefire. Now if the militants don’t respond in kind, they will stand exposed as the true enemies of the people.”

BJP general secretary  and the party’s pointsman for J&K, Ram Madav tweeted, “We welcome the prudent decision taken by Hon'ble PM and HM with a profound hope that this gesture will be reciprocated by one and all in the valley (and it) will witness peace during d holy month of Ramazan (sic).”