Delhi has to take a call

Delhi has to take a call
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A crucial security report terming the Ramadan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir as a “success” could pave the way for Government of India to keep the operations against militants suspended for some more time.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is scheduled to visit the state in coming days, has to reportedly take a call on whether to extend the truce beyond Ramadan or not.
The government forces suspending operations against the militants in Kashmir during the past 20-days have led to the decline in violence. Even the stone-pelting incidents have come down.
If New Delhi extends the ceasefire in J&K PDP can easily term it as “one more victory” for the party. If New Delhi doesn’t extend it ruling party can easily blame the militants for “sabotaging” the process.
The Bharatiya Janata Party took over the reins of the country in 2014 and it took nearly four years for the people at the helm to realize that using force is not the solution. The more and more use of the force turned the situation from bad to worse. In fact the last four years have seen the revival of militancy in Kashmir with more and more young boys joining the militant ranks.
During the past 20-days there has been a semblance of peace in absence of Cordon and Search Operations. No houses have been burnt and no major encounters have taken place. But the hardliners sitting in New Delhi are building pressure on the GoI to call off the ceasefire and go after the militants as the soft approach doesn’t suit the BJP but the final decision lies with GoI, whether to go ahead with the truce or call it off.

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