SRINAGAR: The Government of India hasn’t decided yet on extending the ceasefire in Kashmir, but sources in the Home Ministry said that it may not be extended.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a security review meeting in Delhi on Thursday where he was informed by security agencies that during the month of Ramazan, 62 terror-related incidents initiated by militants were reported in Kashmir, while only six counter-terror operations were initiated by security forces. Singh was informed that 22 cases of grenade attacks were reported during Ramazan and 23 cases of indiscriminate firing by terrorists were reported.
“There has been an immense increase in terror attacks, so it is highly likely that the Government of India may extend the cease fire,” sources in the Home Ministry said.
Earlier, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval during an interview with a New Delhi-based news channel said that the ceasefire has triggered a spurt in terror activities in Kashmir.
“We wanted to give respite to the common man in the Valley during Ramazan, so they can observe the holy month peacefully. During Ramazan we stuck to our stance. The people there are happy and the purpose is served,” Doval told NDTV.
J&K legislators, especially those who represent volatile south Kashmir areas, badly wanted the ceasefire to be extended. MLA Pulwama Mohd Khalil Band and MLA Tral Mushtaq Ahmed Shah both said that the ceasefire should be extended. Shah said, “We are expecting the situation to improve further and peace prevailing in Kashmir. We appeal to the Government of India to deal with the Kashmir situation politically.”
Sources in the Home Ministry told Kashmir Reader that the security agencies opposed the idea of extending the ceasefire in today’s meeting.
Data collected by the Home Ministry indicated that terror-related incidents in Kashmir valley increased by more than 100 per cent during Ramazan, it was said in the meeting.
Sources informed that before the ceasefire was announced, from April 19 to May 16 only 25 terror-related cases were reported, but after the announcement, as many as 66 cases were reported between May 17 and June 13.