Peace for prayers

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

KASH­MIRI Mus­lims pray on a road on the first day of the holy month of Ra­madan in Srinagar, In­dian con­trolled Kash­mir.

In­dia an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that its troops will halt coun­terin­sur­gency op­er­a­tions in dis­puted Kash­mir dur­ing the Mus­lim holy month of Ra­madan, its first such dec­la­ra­tion in 18 years.

The move, which comes af­ter months of in­tense fight­ing in the Hi­malayan re­gion, will “help peace-lov­ing Mus­lims ob­serve Ramzan [Ra­madan] in a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment”, In­dia’s home min­istry said in a se­ries of tweets.

How­ever, In­dian forces, of which there are an es­ti­mated 500,000 in the dis­puted re­gion, “re­serve the right to re­tal­i­ate if at­tacked”, the min­istry added.

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