Continuous flip-flop over sensitive policy matters denting BJP image in Jammu

Omar Abdullah Shopian incident SIT probe security forces Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti

Omar Abdullah Shopian incident SIT probe security forces Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti

After an all-party meeting, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had said that the central government should consider a unilateral ceasefire in the state starting from Ramzan in mid-May till the completion of the Amarnath yatra in August. "Their view would be taken into consideration when the authorities initiate a ceasefire", Ahmed said. "If they want to meet Modiji on this issue, we will not be party to any such adventure", Gupta said. We think at present no relaxation should be given. On Saturday, three militants were killed in Srinagar's Chattabal area and a teenager was run over by a police vehicle.

She called for all efforts including cessation of counter militant operations to maintain peaceful environment to ensure violence free Eid and Amarnath Yatra.

Mehbooba said a ceasefire would provide relief to the people and help create a better atmosphere in the state.

Sethi said that first-time stone-throwers who had benefited from the amnesty continued to throw stones.

However, they denied there was confrontation between Peoples Democratic Party and the BJP over the issue.

Sources told KNS that the all-party meeting made a decision to push for a "Ramzan ceasefire" proposal within the state and across the border with Pakistan, along the lines of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's initiative in 2003.

Referring to an all party meeting held yesterday, BJP state unit's chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi said an opinion came up during the discussion for a unilateral ceasefire on the lines of one declared by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. "The times of Vajpayee were different".

Expressing concerns over Kashmiri youth picking up the gun, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had said that the youth need to be told that Azadi will not happen and one can not fight the Army.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah hit out at Mehbooba, asking what the point was in her calling an all-party meeting "to build a consensus around initiatives in Kashmir when her ally in the government doesn't agree with her". "Today's stone pelter is a potential terrorist of tomorrow". "We will support her", he said.

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