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Army chief Bipin Rawat blames terrorists for end of Ramzan ceasefire in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir was put under Governor’s rule on Wednesday after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2018 16:50 IST
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Army soldiers near the site of an encounter in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir.(HT File Photo)

Security forces had to end a unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir because “terrorists” continued their attacks, said Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday.

Jammu and Kashmir was put under Governor’s rule on Wednesday after the Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out of its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned. “We don’t think there will be any impact. We don’t have an kind of political interference,” Rawat said about Governor’s rule.

Security forces have never faced any restrictions on their work. “Operations were being carried out earlier as well. Then we saw a phase of suspension of operations because we wanted people to get a chance to offer their prayers during Ramzan without any kind of problem. Despite that, terrorists continued with their activity, which is why the suspension of operations was cancelled,” he said.

Security forces have strict rules of engagement and “take action” in accordance with them, Rawat said. The ceasefire announced by the Centre for the month of Ramzan was revoked on Sunday. Aurangzeb, an Indian Army soldier, was killed by terrorists and journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead two days ahead of Eid.

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 15:53 IST