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Centre announces ceasefire in J&K

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The central government on Wednesday announced a ceasefire in and during Ramadan, saying this was necessary to help "peace loving Muslims" observe the holy month in a peaceful environment.

A statement said that security forces had been told not to launch operations in and during the holy month.

The decision was taken "to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment", it said.

conveyed the decision to and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had made an appeal for a ceasefire in the state on May 9.

But the statement said that security forces would reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if it was essential to protect the lives of innocent people.

"Government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties.

"It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror," it said.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 16:42 IST
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