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PDP And Centre Divided Over End Of Ramzan Ceasefire, Amit Shah Summons BJP MLAs From J&K

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| June 19 , 2018 , 09:31 IST

The end of the unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, which was in place by the Centre during the holy month of Ramazan, was not welcomed by the state's ruling PDP party, creating signs of a rift with its ally BJP.

According to sources quoted by NDTV, BJP chief Amit Shah has summoned the state's BJP MLAs to New Delhi to further discuss the issue.

While the PDP maintains that the Centre needs to reach out to the separatists, the Centre says that the separatists lost an opportunity as they did not take a cue from civil society.

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During the Islam holy month of Ramadan, the Central government had suspended cordon and search operations as well as other unilateral initiatives within the state in a bid to provide respite to the people of Jammu and Kashmir during Ramadan.

However, data showed that terror activities had more than doubled during the ceasefire period. On the eve of Eid itself, which marks the end of Ramadan, senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari of 'Rising Kashmir' publication was shot dead by terrorists in Srinagar.

A day after the murder of Bukhari, Union Home Minister Ranjnath Singh, who had recently conducted a personal visit to Jammu and Kashmir, announced that security forces have been directed to resume operations.

"It was expected that everyone will cooperate in ensuring the success of this initiative. While the Security Forces have displayed exemplary restraint during this period, the terrorists have continued with their attacks, on civilians and SFs, resulting in deaths and injuries," Singh tweeted.

The ceasefire initiative had been a brainchild of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and was supported by the PDP, while the state BJP unit spoke out against it.