The Central government has accepted the unilateral ceasefire proposed by Mehbooba Mufti led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision was made public by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a series of tweets, earlier today. Singh said that he conveyed the message to the J-K government to take a back seat during Ramzan and asked everyone from the state to cooperate in celebrating a peaceful Ramzan.
Though, Singh said that the power to retaliate is reserved with the government forces, if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also confirmed the decision, tweeting, “I wholeheartedly welcome the Ramadan ceasefire & would like to thank
@narendramodi ji & @rajnathsingh ji for their personal intervention. My gratitude also to the leaders & parties who participated in the All Party Meeting & helped build consensus towards this announcement.”
She added, “The month of Ramadan is a harbinger of peace & such a decision will go a long way in creating a peaceful & amicable environment for a sustained dialogue.”