Ramadan ceasefire may be extended till Amarnath Yatra ends

Ramadan ceasefire may be extended till Amarnath Yatra ends
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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, June 10: The ongoing Ramadan ceasefire is likely to be extended till the annual Amarnath Yatra ends, sources told Precious Kashmir.
They said that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who ended his 2-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Friday was told by the security agencies that suspension of operations against the militants in the Valley has helped as the violence and stone-pelting incidents have declined.
Sources said that Home Minister briefed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the post-ceasefire situation in Kashmir after returning from his 2-day visit to the state. “Before taking a final call over the extension of the ceasefire a high level security meet would be held and all the aspects would be considered,” sources added.
They said the Jammu and Kashmir government has already conveyed it to the Union Home Minister that peace should e given a chance and the ongoing ceasefire needs to be extended. “Providing security to Amarnath pilgrims is a big challenge for the government and it wants the annual pilgrimage to pass off peacefully,” sources added.
An official said that most of the security agencies conveyed to the Home Minister that ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan has helped and if its extended till the end of Yatra it would help the government forces to ensure that the “fool proof” security is provided to the pilgrims.
A PDP leader said that so far the signals emanating from New Delhi are positive and there is every possibility about Ramadan ceasefire being extended. “We had promised to the people that we will make New Delhi talk to the separatists and we have kept our word,” he added.
A leader of the Opposition National Conference said, “PDP is claiming that it has brought peace back to the Valley. It seems the party has forgotten during NC’s rule militancy was its lowest ebb and local youth were not taking up the arms. Since the day PDP-BJP regime came into power it pushed youth to the wall which led to the revival of militancy in Kashmir.”
He said, “After reviving the militancy now they are trying to douse the flames. For the past more than three years they allowed situation to go out of hand and acted as the yes men of people sitting in Delhi. Now they are shedding crocodile tears over the miseries of the people.”
Another PDP leader ridiculed NC’s claim. “We are reaping what NC had sown. They are the ones who burnt Kashmir and created a wedge between people and the government.”