Ceasefire with terrorists during the holy month of Ramzan

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SRINAGAR:  A meeting of all parties in Jammu and Kashmir has recommended that the centre announce a ceasefire with terrorists during the holy month of Ramzan and the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Representatives of all parties in the state will also seek a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she added. PM Modi is scheduled to visit the state next week.

Against the backdrop of a tourist being killed by stone-throwers, a first in Kashmir, and a spurt in violence in the valley, representatives of political parties met today in Srinagar in a meeting called by Ms Mufti.

On Monday, a 25-year-old from Tamil Nadu who had come to Kashmir on a holiday along with his family, died after being hit by a stone in clashes between protesters and security forces on the outskirts of Srinagar. Ms Mufti has called called the incident a shame.

Last week, six civilians died and some others were injured in clashes with the security forces after five local terrorists, including an assistant professor of Kashmir University, were killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian. Of late, there has been a spurt in such clashes, with locals thronging encounter sites.

“Perhaps, the national leadership can take a leaf out of Vajpayee’s initiatives,” said Mr Akhtar.

In 2000, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had announced a unilateral ceasefire with terrorists during the holy month of Ramzan in Kashmir. In 2003, he extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan, ensured a ceasefire at the border besides initiating a dialogue process with Kashmiri separatist groups.

Source: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/at-kashmir-all-party-meeting-a-call-for-vajpayee-like-initiatives-1849786

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