Ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramadan

India Declares Cease-fire in Kashmir for Holy Month of Ramadan

Union home minister Rajnath Singh personally spoke to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and informed her about the Centre's decision.

However, the statement added: "If it is essential for protecting the life of the common people, the security forces will be compelled to take appropriate action". Centre in a statement said that it is crucial to isolate the forces those who bring a bad name to Islam.

In another tweet, Mehbooba said that such a move will create an environment for sustained dialogue.

The Centre on Wednesday accepted Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's request for suspension of operations in Kashmir during Ramzan.

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The centre feels its initiative will restore peace in the valley during the holy month. The Government of India has asked the security forces not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the month of Ramzan.

Welcoming the decision, former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said, "It is a great step forward, I would like to congratulate Home Minister Rajnath Singh & PM Modi". Security forces have been in the eye of the storm following the killing of militants, which the locals see as a violation of rights.

Earlier in the day, security forces launched a search operation in forest area of Tral in Pulwama district following a brief exchange of firing with militants, a police official said. The group said it strongly endorses the joint demand of the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir for a ceasefire during the sacred month of Ramzan. "This call should reach beyond borders, and I hope Pakistan reciprocates like it did then", the 80-year-old National Conference leader said.

Mehbooba Mufti also thanked all the political parties in the State which backed her idea of cessation of hostilities in one voice during the All Parties Meeting convened by her recently. "Now if the terrorists don't respond in kind, they will stand exposed as the true enemies of the people", he said in a tweet.

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