Centre Decides To Resume Counter-Terror Offensive In J&K

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Union Home Ministry on Sunday announced that Security forces will resume offensive operations against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement released on Sunday, MHA said, “Government of India took the decision that Security Forces will not conduct offensive operations in Jammu & Kashmir during the holy month of Ramazan. This decision was taken in the interests of the peace loving people of J&K, in order to provide them a conducive atmosphere to observe Ramazan.”
Commending the role of security forces, MHA said “Government commends the role of Security Forces for having implemented the decision in letter and spirit in the face of grave provocation, to enable the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramazan in a peaceful manner. This has been widely appreciated by the people all over the country, including J&K, and has brought relief to the common citizens.”
“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 Security Forces, resulting in deaths and injuries,” MHA added.
Announcing the decision, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, Security Forces are being directed to take all necessary actions as earlier to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence and killings. Government will continue with its endeavour to create an environment free of terror and violence in Jammu & Kashmir. It is important that all sections of peace loving people come together to isolate the terrorists and motivate those who have been misguided to return to the path of peace.
The announcement comes days after senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari and an Army Jawan Aurangzeb was shot dead in Srinagar by Militants.