As the holy month of Ramzan sets in, the Union government today declared a conditional ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir.
The central government is said to have issued a statement where in it has been pointed out that it is crucial to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror.
The government sources said that they expect everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully.
With this,even the forces have been asked to refrain from launching operations in the region during the next thirty days.
The initiative was welcomed by the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti who termed it a welcome step to creating a peaceful and amicable environment for a sustainable dialogue.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has been informed about the decision, the ministry of home affairs said.
However, security forces reserve right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people, the statement said.
The holy moth of Ramzan is likely to start tomorrow or Friday depending on the sighting of moon.>