All-party meeting to push for 'Ramzan ceasefire', talks with Pakistan

All-party meeting to push for 'Ramzan ceasefire', talks with Pakistan

All-party meeting to push for 'Ramzan ceasefire', talks with Pakistan

On Wednesday Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had issued an appeal to the central leadership to consider announcing "unilateral" ceasefire during the holy month of Ramzan and Amarnath yatra after chairing an all parties meeting in Srinagar. Mufti said on Wednesday that a delegation from the state is also likely to meet the Prime Minister to discuss the issue and a memorandum in the regard will also be submitted to the centre.

Later, deputy chief minister and BJP leader Kavinder Gupta said that ceasefire does not happen from one side only and added that the guns must fall silent from both sides.

On Thursday, however, the state BJP fielded its chief spokesperson, Sunil Sethi, to deny the party had backed the proposal.

Official sources said civilian killings, peace and reconciliation process besides Agenda of Alliance were thrust issues that were discussed in the meeting.

"There is serious concern from our side".

Under such circumstances, announcement of a ceasefire may be seen as "weakness" on the part of the government, the official said and cited a series of brazen militant attacks including the killing of eight Amarnath pilgrims past year.

"Their disagreement doesn't mean that consensus was not reached on the ceasefire proposal".

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"This is a different time and situation (from the one that existed during Vajpayee's tenure)".

He however said that the ceasefire may be a better option to tackle the local sentiment and anger that is pushing Kashmiris to militancy despite the "successes" in anti militant operations.

Mehbooba Mufti said, "Everyone agreed that we must appeal Centre that govt must think about a unilateral ceasefire like Vajpayee ji did in 2000. Yet she will shamelessly cling to power because that's all that matters to her", Abdullah said on Twitter. Palaniswami also spoke to Mehbooba over phone and sought her help for the safe return of 130 tourists from Tamilnadu who had gone to Jammu and Kashmir.

"They (BJP) didn't talk much about Ramadan and Amarnath ceasefire, but didn't oppose it either. Now they seem to have had an afterthought", Mir told The Telegraph.

Sethi said the issue of ceasefire was raised by independent MLA Engineer Rashid.

"First-time stone pelters continue to resort to stone pelting and have not stopped pelting stones post amnesty". "The stone pelters and militants have to be dealt with sternly, and can not be shown any relaxation", he said.

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