“Arrangements made by govt to hold dialogue with all, including Hurriyat”

Ram Madhav, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jammu and Kashmir in-charge said on Tuesday that New Delhi’s decision to invoke a temporary ceasefire in the Valley during Ramzan was a goodwill gesture but warned that if militancy persists, the government forces will have to respond appropriately.

While talking to CNN-News18, Madhav said that the government has made arrangements to hold a dialogue with all the parties concerned in the Kashmir Valley, including the Hurriyat.

He also reiterated that the ceasefire would continue only if the militancy ceases.

He said that in the last two to two-and-a-half years, the government forces had managed to neutralise more than 600 militants.

“Earlier, the forces were pursuing a hard-line agenda in the Valley to neutralise terrorists vigorously. But, keeping the sacredness of Ramzan in mind, as a gesture of goodwill, the government had asked forces to suspend operations,” Madhav told CNN-News18.

“But, if unrest continues then the situation before Ramzan will be restored,” he warned.

This comes before the 2-day visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Jammu Kashmir from 7 June, during which he will review the suspension of operations in Ramzan and also meet those affected by cross-border shelling.

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