Home Minister Rajnath Singh has announced that the Centre has asked the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir to not conduct any operations in the state during the holy month of Ramzan which begins today. The decision has been taken in order to foster a peaceful environment during the month. He has, however, said that the security forces reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or in other emergency scenarios.
The Home Minister tweeted:
The decision comes against the backdrop of increasing incidents of reckless and dangerous stone-pelting attacks that have taken place in the Valley. Tourists and school-buses have been targeted by stone-pelters as a result of which Thirumani, a tourist from Chennai died, and an 8-year-old school student was grievously injured.
Meanwhile, even as the security forces have gained tremendous ground against terrorists and Pak-sponsored terrorism even gunning down JeM poster boy Sameer Tiger in an operation in April, five terrorists are said to have crossed into India from Pakistan using tunnels.
As per sources, the Security Forces were against this move, which was taken after J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti requested for it. The National Security Advisor had called a high-level meeting to review security preparedness at which point the forces are said to have expressed their apprehensions. They claim that the JeM, LeT and Hizb-ul Mujahideen haven't said whether they'll follow the ceasefire and are of the view that the groups may use the time to regroup and radicalise.
Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah has politicised the matter but has spoken about its ramifications for terrorists: