Militants continued with their activities during Ramzan truce: Rawat

Militants continued with their activities during Ramzan truce: Rawat
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New Delhi: Militants in Jammu and Kashmir had continued with their activities during Ramzan, necessitating suspension of the ceasefire by the Government of India (GoI), Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said in New Delhi today.

Governor’s rule in the state is unlikely to have any impact on ongoing military operations, the Army chief said.

Operations in the Valley would continue as earlier, Rawat told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

“Operations were being carried out earlier as well. Then we saw a phase of suspension of operations because we wanted people to get a chance to offer their prayers during Ramzan without any kind of problem. Despite that, terrorists continued with their activity, which is why the suspension of operations was cancelled,” he said.

Action that was being taken earlier would continue, Rawat asserted.

Referring to the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP, he said, “We don’t think there will be any impact. We don’t have a kind of political interference.”

There has, he said, never been any kind of restriction on the force on how it should conduct its work.

The forces personnel have very strict rules of engagement and “take action” in accordance with them, Rawat said.

The ceasefire announced by the GoI for the month of Ramzan was revoked on Sunday.

Today, Jammu and Kashmir was placed under Governor’s rule for the fourth time in the last one decade after the BJP withdrew support to its alliance partner, prompting Mehbooba Mufti to resign as chief minister. PTI