The Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s ally in Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday said it will not support the call for a ceasefire agreement with militants during Ramzan in Kashmir, reported The Kashmir Monitor. This comes a day after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said all participants at an all-party meeting had agreed to appeal to the Centre to declare a unilateral ceasefire.
“We didn’t agree to Ramadan ceasefire in the all-party meet,” BJP spokesperson Sunil Sethi said, according to The Kashmir Monitor. “There was no consensus on sending an all-party delegation to meet [the] prime minister.”
He also said, “We are in complete disagreement and the chief minister cannot pressure us on this [ceasefire],” Sethi told ThePrint. “It is not going to do any good. The Army’s operations to neutralise militants have been successful.” Addressing reporters at a press conference, Sethi said there was no consensus on the proposal.
Rafi Ahmed Mir, the PDP’s spokesperson, told ThePrint that the BJP neither proposed the ceasefire nor opposed the ceasefire. “Their view would be taken into consideration when the authorities initiate a ceasefire,” Ahmed said.
Former Chief Minister and president of the Opposition National Conference Omar Abdullah questioned the purpose of the all-party meet called by Mufti when her ally had rejected the ceasefire agreement. In a tweet, Abdullah said: “What was the point of @MehboobaMufti calling an all party meeting to build a consensus around initiatives in Kashmir when her ally in the Govt doesn’t agree with her!” He said Mufti was “shamelessly” clinging onto power.