New Delhi, May 16: The central government on Wednesday asked the security forces not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the month of Ramzan.
A Home Ministry statement said that the decision was taken “to help the peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment”.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh conveyed the decision to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had made an appeal for a Ramadan ceasefire in the valley on May 9.
Centre asks security forces not to launch operations in J&K during the month of Ramzan. Security forces to reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people: Ministry of Home Affairs pic.twitter.com/DgnQO9kQTm
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
The statement also asserted that security forces would reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if it was essential to protect the lives of innocent people.
“Government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties.
“It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror,” it added.