India declares conditional ceasefire in Kashmir during Ramadan

Indian government on Wednesday announced a conditional ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir against militants during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

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“Decision (has been) taken to help peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment,” the Indian Home Ministry announced on its official Twitter account, using an alternate spelling for Ramadan.

However, the statement mentioned that the Indian forces “reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.”

Another tweet said Indian troops “reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people”.

No separatist group fighting against Indian rule immediately issued any statement about the announcement.

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety.

Separatists have been fighting Indian rule since 1989, demanding India held Kashmir be made part of Pakistan or unified with Azad Jammu and Kashmir as an independent country.

Agencies

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