New Delhi, June 17 : Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced that the Centre has decided not to extend the suspension of operations against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir thus ending the month long Ramzan ceasefire after a senior journalist and an Indian Army soldier were killed in a spike of violence.
“The Government of India decides not to extend the suspension of operations in J&K announced in the beginning of Ramazan,” the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a statement on Twitter.
“The operations against the terrorists to resume,” it said in another tweet.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said “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.”
Home Minister said the government is committed to working for creating an environment free of terror and violence in Jammu and Kashmir .
Security Forces are being directed to take all necessary actions as earlier to prevent terrorists from launching attacks&indulging in violence and killings.Government will continue with its endeavour to create an environment free of terror and violence in J&K:HM Rajnath Singh
— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2018
The government had on May 17 announced security forces will halt counter-insurgency operations during holy month of Ramzan in the first ceasefire in the troubled state in more than 17 years.
Singh said , “The decisionn was taken in interests of the peace loving people of J&K, in order to provide them a conducive atmosphere to observe Ramzan,”, thus accepting a demand made by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
“We have to take the decision in the right spirit. Home Ministry has taken into cognizance all inputs. Immediate priority for us is we have to conduct Amarnath Yatra peacefully. The majority of youth in Kashmir has moved on, ” Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO said on Ramzan ceasefire not being extended.