Operations against the terrorists to resume in J&K: MHA

NEW DELHI, JUN 17: Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that Government has decided not to extend the suspension of operations in J&K announced on May 16, when the month of Ramzan commenced.
“Operations against terrorists to resume. Government commends the security forces for having shown exemplary restraint during Ramzan despite grave provocations,” a statement by home ministry said.
The statement further said that Government was committed to working for creating an environment free of terror and violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
“It is important that all those who have interests of people of Jammu and Kashmir, and especially the youth, in mind to isolate the terrorists and work towards bringing back misguided youth to the right path.. on the other hand terrorists indulged in wanton killing of innocent civilians and attacks on security forces,” the statement said.
Singh had said on Saturday that he will make a formal announcement on Sunday on government’s decision on Suspension of Operations (SoO) or cease-ops in the Kashmir Valley and the reasoning behind it.
The Cease-ops was announced on May 16, following successive reports given by Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma to the government that killings and encounters were not yielding the desired results and the emotional upsurge at funerals of militants killed in encounters was aiding recruitment by terror outfits.
On May 16, Mr. Singh had while announcing the SoO had asked “security forces not to launch operations” in Jammu and Kashmir during the month of Ramzan. He had said that “security forces reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.”
Government decided to halt operations in the month of Ramzan to provide relief to the people.
As many as 64 terrorists were killed till May 6 this year in various operations in South Kashmir the highest in a decade for the period. More than 40 men had joined the terrorist ranks during this period. For whole of 2017, recruitment to various terror groups stood at 147. There has been a surge in local Kashmiri youth joining terror groups after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.