Give peace a chance

Give peace a chance
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General Officer Commanding of Srinagar based Chinar Corps Lt General A K Bhatt has made a significant assertion that there are no indications that militant recruitments have increased during the past one month.
On the other hand Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has also stated that peace should be given a chance and reconciliation process needs to be taken forward.
As the decision about extending the ongoing Ramadan ceasefire in the Valley is likely to be taken within a few days the people sitting in New Delhi should take a note of the feedback being provided by the Army.
The forces suspending operations against militants have led to decline in the number of encounters and stone-pelting incidents. Even the graph of killings has come down.
There have been a few militancy related incidents during the past one month but no major incidents have taken place. Decision makers should keep all these things in mind and carry on with the peace initiative as violence begets violence and it has been proven beyond doubt.
One hopes that politicians realize that ceasefire is a sensitive issue and they should stop playing politics over it. If the truce is politicized it can lead to entire process getting reversed.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party knows it very well that if peace prevails it would allow the party to prepare for the forthcoming elections and it would have something to sell. On the other hand Opposition parties know that if peace remains elusive it would cripple the ruling party and it would have nothing to sell.
Many people are of the opinion that peace should be given a chance and all the mainstream parties should cut across the party lines and allow situation to improve.