Let people live in peace for a month: Mehbooba appeals Centre to announce ceasefire in J&K for Ramzan

Mehbooba Mufti also made an appeal to the militants to reciprocate and not make any attacks during the month of Ramadan or Ramzan 2019.

Former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has requested the Government of India to announce a ceasefire for the one month of Ramadan or Ramzan 2019. In her appeal, Mehbooba Mufti also said that search operations in Jammu and Kashmir should be stopped for the holy month of Ramadan “so that people of the state have at least a month of relief”.

Mehbooba Mufti said, “Ramadan is approaching. People pray day and night and go to mosques. I would like to appeal to the Government of India that just like there was a ceasefire during Ramadan last year, crackdowns, search operations should be stopped so that people of J&K spend at least this one month in relief.”

She also made an appeal to the militants to reciprocate and not make any attacks during the month of Ramadan or Ramzan 2019.

“I would also like to appeal to the militants that Ramadan is a month of worship and prayers. They should not make any attacks during this time,” Mehbooba Mufti said.

In May 2018, the Central government had announced a ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramadan, saying this was necessary to help “peace-loving Muslims” observe the holy month in a peaceful environment. The decision was taken “to help the peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment”, it said.

The decision was welcomed by many political parties and leaders across the country and hailed by the Kashmiris.

Welcoming the Centre’s decision to hold a ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti had said that it would go a long way in creating a peaceful and amicable environment for a sustained dialogue. Omar Abdullah had also asked the militants to reciprocate to provide relief to the people during Ramadan.

Source: India Today

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