On 1st day of Ramzan, mil­i­tants kill 1 in J&K

Re­ject Cen­tre’s Uni­lat­eral Of­fer To Sus­pend Ops

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Saleem.Pan­dit @times­group.com

Sri­na­gar: Ter­ror­ists on Thurs­day killed a 23-year-old youth in north Kash­mir on the first day of the Is­lamic holy month of Ramzan, mer­ci­lessly re­ject­ing the Cen­tre’s uni­lat­eral cease­fire and re­viv­ing fears of mas­sive vi­o­lence com­mit­ted in the pre­vi­ous cease­fire 18 years ago in the Val­ley.

Po­lice on Thurs­day re­cov­ered the body of 23-year-old Hi­lal Ahmad Par­ray from an or­chard near his house in Bona Mo­halla of Ha­jin, Bandi­pora in north Kash­mir. Par­ray, sources said, a painter by pro­fes­sion, had been dragged out of his house and ab­ducted by two masked and armed ter­ror­ists last night. He was killed by stran­gling, po­lice said.

The killing as­sumes sig­nif­i­cance in view of the Cen­tre’s ini­tia­tive whose ob­jec­tive is to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment free of ter­ror and vi­o­lence for the com­mon peo­ple in Kash­mir dur­ing the month of Ra­mazan. The New Delhi’s ini­tia­tive, in line with the unan­i­mous de­mand of the J&K gov­ern­ment headed by chief min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti and the op­po­si­tion, ex­pects the uni­lat­eral sus­pen­sion of com­bat oper­a­tions against terro- rists to pacify ter­ror­ists and their sym­pa­thiz­ers.

How­ever, sep­a­ratist lead­ers of Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence on Thurs­day joined Lashkare-Taiba in their re­jec­tion of the Ramzan cease­fire. While chair­man of Hur­riyat con­fer­ence Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq called it a “cos­metic mea­sure” at a sem­i­nar ‘Re­spon­si­bil­ity of Lead­er­ship in Safeguarding the Sanc­tity of Mar­tyr­dom’, JKLF chair­man Yasin Ma­lik said the Cen­tre had “given Kash­miris only a month to live”. With no sup­port for the cease­fire com­ing from mil­i­tant groups and sep­a­ratists, the killing of the youth in Ha­jin has trig­gered fears amongst many in Kash­mir, re­viv­ing the mem­ory of ter­ror through the pre­vi­ous cease­fire an­nounced by former PM Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee in 2000.

The Va­j­payee cease­fire of Novem­ber 19, 2000, which was later ex­tended three times till May 2016, led to more killings, with ter­ror­ists tak­ing ad­van­tage of the cease­fire from se­cu­rity forces.

Peo­ple pray on the first day of Ramzan in Sri­na­gar on Thurs­day

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