The Centre on Sunday decided not to extend the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, reported The Hindu. On May 16, the Centre had asked security forces not to launch operations in the Valley during the month of Ramzan.
“Security forces are being directed to take all necessary actions as earlier to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence and killings,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh, according to ANI. “[The] Government will continue with its endeavour to create an environment free of terror and violence in J&K.”
On Thursday, Singh said that the government’s decision to announce a ceasefire in the Kashmir Valley during the month of Ramzan has generated goodwill. “We implemented it during Ramzan as we did not want any civilian casualties,” he told The Hindu. “We will see what needs to be done later but this was done to give relief to those Muslims who are inclined to peace. It is a muqaddas [pious] festival.”