What Does Mehbooba Mufti’s Demand for “Ramadan Ceasefire” Imply?

The Kashmir conflict is the most sensitive issue that India faces internationally as well as domestically. While India blames Pakistan for the provocation and instigation of local Kashmiris to revolt against the Indian Government, Pakistan has always raised the Kashmir issue at the United Nations, urging the international realm to decide upon the fate of Kashmiris. In this tense scuffle between India and Pakistan, the life of a Kashmiri has become like that of a refugee in his own land.

It has been declared that security forces in Jammu and Kashmir will halt counter-insurgency operations during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in the troubled state for the first time in more than 17 years, the Centre said on Wednesday, accepting a demand made by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

“Decision taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment,” Union home minister Rajnath Singh tweeted on Wednesday, clarifying that security forces reserve the right to retaliate if they are attacked or if it is essential to protect the lives of civilians. Singh said the decision had been communicated to Mehbooba who, in a Twitter post, said she “wholeheartedly” welcomed the ceasefire and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Singh.

It is an appreciable demand that Chief Minister of J&K, Mehbooba Mufti came up with. However, it is astonishingly peculiar how this epiphany dawned upon CM Mufti to finally realize that the Kashmiri folk has seen and dealt with hell in “heaven” on Earth.  CM Mufti has lost her ground completely since the Kashmiri public is massively unhappy with the kind of everyday increasing arrests, custodial killings and so-called “encounters” that are brutally damaging the city.

A website called, kmsnews.org claims that more than 515 Kashmiris had been killed uptill Feb 5, 2018 since the encounter of Burhan Wani. Almost every second day, thousands of Kashmiris collectively mourn deaths of their relatives, neighbors or those who did not commit any crime at all, they were just killed for living in a conflicted territory.

Why haven’t such revelations shined upon CM Mufti at times when mothers die crying over the deaths of their teenage children? Why wasn’t any “demand” made when hundreds of children like Insha were being blinded by Indian Army’s whimsical pellet rage? And what about Asifa, whos family is still struggling for justice?

Surely, CM Mufti has made a great demand however, her voice should really throw light on the issue of abuse of Kashmiris even when Ramadan is not around the corner. Living like prisoners in their own land Kashmiris do not need to be appeased or fooled during Ramadan, they need to be served justice for the injustice committed for 70 years against them and their ancestors. Humble advice to CM Mufit would be to vouch for Kashmiris, and not to appease her political godfathers.