Srinagar: PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday asked the Government of India to announce a ‘Ramzan ceasefire’ in the valley.
The former Chief Minister, while addressing a presser in Srinagar said, “Government of India is at war with its own people in Kashmir. Be it the ban of Jamaat-e-Islami, ban of JKLF, the suspension of cross LoC trade, the Highway ban and the way people are being picked up by the forces. It seems in the name of curbing militancy, Government of India wants to break the people of Kashmir, ” said Mehbooba.
She added that the highway ban has crippled the already ailing economy of the valley. She also pointed out that hundreds of youth have been picked up by the forces in South Kashmir especially from Pulwama and Shopian.
Mehbooba stressed that in such an environment when the GoI has declared ‘war on Kashmiris’, when all their spaces, political as well as economical have been choked, a ceasefire should be declared by New Delhi.
“Ramzan will start in two days, and I appeal to GoI to declare a ceasefire in this month, just like it was done last year. The people of the state, especially the valley, have been going through very troubled times and they should be allowed to observe Ramzan with ease.
She also appealed to the militants that they also should avoid attacks in Ramazan.