New Delhi: The worst fear of the unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir has proved to be true when terrorists struck in Jammu and Kashmir on the very first day of Ramzan killing a 23-year boy. This comes within hours of the Union Home ministry announcing a unilateral ceasefire. The purpose of the ceasefire appears to shackle Armed forces but give a free hand to terrorists.
Within hours of ceasefire, a 23-year-old man was abducted by terrorists and his throat was slip open to death. No bullet mark was found on his body. The deceased was preparing for sub-inspector's examination. Sources said that the decision of ceasefire was a political one but Army had already expressed it concerns which were addressed by the government. Moreover, this decision is not going to impact the Army much which remains on guard continuously.
The order says, "The Centre asks security forces not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. Decision taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment. Security forces to reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people. The government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties."
The Army sources said that, "in case the Army is attacked by terrorists, it has the right to retaliate. Our convoys will keep moving and we will have to do ROP (road opening parties) and area sanitization exercises. However, SADO (search and destroy operation) and CASO (cordon and search operation) will be stopped."
Army sources said that it is not bothered about ceasefire during the month of Ramzan as it is just one months time so it is very difficult for them to regroup in such a small spell as most of the terrorist leadership is neutralized by the Army be it Laskar e Toiba or Jaish e Mohammad. There are four-five terrorist Hijbul Mujahidin still left but Army will be able to deal with them if they dare to attack.
The move has caught security forces and defence experts off guard. Union home minister Rajnath Singh communicated the decision to Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, the ministry said it was being done to ensure that Ramzan could safely be observed by the people of the state.
"The government wants that during the ensuing month of Ramzan, no section of society and in particular, the Muslim community should face any difficulty. The government has been trying to create an environment free of terror and violence to enable the Muslim brothers to observe Ramzan in a peaceful manner and in conducive environment so that terrorists do not exploit their religious sentiments," the home ministry said.
While the order will hold good till 16 June, a central government official familiar with the development said, on condition of anonymity, that "militant groups in Kashmir don't have stable leadership and one month is too short a time for them to regroup."