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Suspense continues over ceasefire extension

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Suspense continued over whether the Centre's unilateral in and will be extended beyond Eid, which falls this weekend.

on Thursday held a high-level meeting over security arrangements for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra to begin later this month and it was officially stated there was no discussion on the fate of extension in and in the meeting.

The meeting that lasted about 45 minutes was held at Rajnath Singh's residence at which Ajit Doval; Rajiv Gauba; the Chief, Bipin Rawat; Rajiv Jain, of Police and S.P. Vaid, Director of were present along with senior officials.

"Today's meeting was held to discuss security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra which is to start later this month. The issue of extension or suspension of operation in Jammu and Kashmir was not discussed," said.

Sources in the Home Ministry, on the condition of anonymity, said indications are that the may automatically end after the and there may be no announcement on the end of the initiative.

The had on May 16 announced for unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramadan, saying this was necessary to help "peace loving Muslims" observe the holy month in a peaceful environment.

"If the decides on extension of the ceasefire, the announcement regarding that would be done on June 16 or 17," said the official, adding the decision on the suspension or operations against the militants can be taken after a review of its impact in the

While the wants the continuation of the ceasefire beyond the Eid, top sources suggest the field commanders of the have argued that the cessation of hostilities from only one side is helping the militants to regroup and increase their numbers through recruitment of local boys.

Just after the high-level meeting with Rajnath Singh, another round of meeting was chaired by Gauba at his North Block office here to discuss the security aspects to be taken for the safety of the pilgrims taking part in the Amarnath Yatra, beginning on June 28.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 20:20 IST
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