The ruling PDP’s alliance partner BJP Thursday punctured the peace initiative of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti when she called on Wednesday for a unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir during the month of Ramzan saying that ceasefire will wash away Army’s efforts, reports said.
The refusal came a day after Mehbooba Mufti said all parties in the state agreed to the move.
“We are in complete disagreement and the chief minister cannot pressure us on this,” Jammu & Kashmir BJP spokesperson Sunil Sethi was quoted as saying by ThePrint.
The BJP said such a ceasefire would go against the “national interest” and “could wash away the Army’s efforts” in the state.
“It is not going to do any good. The Army’s operations to neutralise militants have been successful,” Sethi added.
Mehbooba had made the statement after an all-party meeting convened to discuss the worsening security situation in the state amid civilian deaths in encounters and the general turmoil. She said the parties would make an appeal to the union government “to consider a unilateral ceasefire on the lines of Vajpayee’s, so that the people of Kashmir have some relief from encounters and search operations”.
The meeting also pushed for dialogue with Pakistan.
The PDP said the BJP had not raised any objection at Wednesday’s meeting.
“The BJP did not propose the ceasefire in the meeting but they didn’t oppose it either. Their view would be taken into consideration when the authorities initiate a ceasefire,” PDP spokesperson Rafi Ahmed Mir told ThePrint.
“As far as we are concerned, we think a ceasefire is a must at this time because we need to…give our people respite,” he added.
Mir said that the meeting had built an “over-all consensus on ceasefire and when it has to happen”, and that all the parties concerned, including the security forces, would be taken into confidence.
Speaking about the BJP-PDP ‘Agenda of Alliance’, or their coalition agreement which was one of the issues raised at the meeting, Sethi said it was being implemented, but talks with the Hurriyat and Pakistan hadn’t taken off because “the other party” was not “responsive in creating an atmosphere conducive to talks”.