Pak vi­o­lates cease­fire in Samba, Hi­rana­gar sec­tors

The Free Press Journal - - NATION - AGENCIES /

Pak­istan on Thurs­day vi­o­lated cease­fire along the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in Samba and Hi­rana­gar sec­tors of Jammu and Kash­mir.

The fir­ing from the Pak­istan side started late at night on May 16. The Bor­der Se­cu­rity Forces (BSF) are strongly re­tal­i­at­ing to the fir­ing.

This comes a day af­ter the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Cen­tre or­dered to sus­pend the op­er­a­tions against ter­ror­ist in the state dur­ing the holy month of Ramzan.

The Home Min­istry on Wed­nes­day said that the de­ci­sion has been taken to help the "peace-loving Mus­lims ob­serve Ramzan in a peace­ful environment".

How­ever, it clar­i­fied that the se­cu­rity forces "re­serve the right to re­tal­i­ate if at­tacked or if es­sen­tial to pro­tect the lives of in­no­cent peo­ple".

Separatists in Jammu and Kash­mir on Thurs­day dubbed the cease­fire an­nounced by the In­dian gover nment "a cruel joke on the peo­ple of the (Kash­mir) Val­ley".

The Joint Re­sis­tance Lead­er­ship (JRL), a con­glom­er­ate headed by Syed Ali Gee­lani, Mir­waiz Umer Fa­rooq and Muham­mad Yasin Malik, met at Gee­lani's res­i­dence to de­lib­er­ate on the var­i­ous di­men­sions of what they called "Oper­a­tion Halt" an­nounced by the Home Min­istry. A state­ment is­sued by the group said: "Oper­a­tion Halt is a cruel joke with the free­dom-loving peo­ple of Kash­mir en­gaged in a le­git­i­mate move­ment for right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion."

Se­cu­rity agencies are keep­ing their fin­gers crossed as a sim­i­lar ex­er­cise nearly two decades ago wit­nessed the killings of 129 peo­ple in­clud­ing 43 se­cu­rity per­son­nel, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials.

The se­cu­rity agency of­fi­cials felt a need to monitor the sit­u­a­tion closely as ter­ror groups had used such a win­dow as an op­por­tu­nity to re­group them­selves and carry out more at­tacks on se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ments.

Dur­ing his In­de­pen­dence Day ad­dress last year, Modi had said bul­lets or abuses would not re­solve the Kash­mir is­sue.

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