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Revisiting May-June 2018 to know what happened in Kashmir
5/5/2019 11:24:21 PM
Early Times Report
jammu, May 5: Former J&K CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, who is fighting a last-ditch battle to save her political career in Kashmir, has yet again urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce ceasefire during the month of Ramzan and has also directed terrorists not to violate the sanctity of "holy month".
"The month of Ramadan is in the offing - given the fact that the J&K is the Muslim majority state - I want to appeal the Government of India to initiate a Ramadan ceasefire like it was done last year. Raids, crackdowns and operations should be stopped during this month so that some respite is given to already affected people of the state. I want to tell the militants as well that they should uphold the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan and shouldn't make any attacks during this month," she said while addressing a press conference in Srinagar.
It would be only desirable to revisit May-June 2018 to know what happened in Kashmir during the Ramzan ceasefire. It was on May 16, 2018 that the Government of India said that "security forces will halt counter-insurgency operations during Ramzan". That was the first ceasefire in J&K in more than 17 years. The unilateral ceasefire came into effect on May 17. And after a month, the Centre scrapped the suspension of military operations on June 17.
What happened during the month of Ramzan? On the other hand, terrorist-related violence (termed so by the government and/or the agency that reported the incident) saw an increase in 2018's Ramzan. Between April 17 and May 16, there were 24 such incidents. They led to 36 fatalities, including that of five security personnel and 14 terrorists. The number of such incidents jumped to 64 in the May 17-June 17 period. These caused 36 deaths, including that of nine securitymen and 23 terrorists. .
The killings of Rising Kashmir Editor Sujaat Bukhari and army jawan Aurangzeb were the "two other dark chapters in this period".
According to the available data, "during the ceasefire, the number of explosions too saw a sharp increase --- from two in the April-May period to 20 during Ramzan". These explosions in the month of Ramzan left 68 people wounded.
"Ramzan," according to statistics, "also saw a rise in the number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB)". Data suggests that "as many as 66 incidents of ceasefire violations were recorded during Ramzan". "These resulted in 18 fatalities (that of 11 civilians and seven securitymen). In the April-May period, 10 such reported incidents killed four people, including three securitymen and a civilian," the data suggests.
All this shows that terrorists and Pakistan used the month of Ramzan to cause more damage to India. It is extremely doubtful if the Narendra Modi Government this time considers the Ramzan ceasefire demand as put forth by the desperate Mehbooba Mufti.
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