LeT rejects Ramzan peace offer

The Centre’s ceasefire Confidence Building Measure received a jolt after Lashkar-e-Taiba rejected the truce call saying observing it will be a “treachery with the martyrs”. The terror group said they would rather continue the armed struggle.

“Calling truce is no option. We deem it as sin. We are the heirs of martyrs; opting for such a choice will be treachery to their sacrifice,” said Dr Abdullah Ghazanwi, spokesperson of LeT, quoting its Kashmir chief Mahmood Shah, in a statement to news agencies.

“We have been active in our resistance and we will continue to be so. The truce in ops is a desire of India and its few sympathisers. It has never happened before, nor will it happen now,” he said.

Shah’s statement, however, added that they are in favour of talks but not in presence of the armed forces. “We are in favour of negotiations. But negotiations in presence of armed forces in the region are nothing but a lie,” he said.

The LeT chief also said that they would never betray the people’s trust and their immense sacrifices. “We will fight to the last drop of our blood in our struggle against illegal occupation. India shall soon witness the wrath of the people,” he said.

Meanwhile, the security forces are bracing themselves for observing the ceasefire on ground during the holy month of Ramzan.

State Director General of Police Dr Shesh Paul Vaid said that the Centre’s orders will be followed in letter and spirit. “Whatever orders the central government gives, we have to follow,” he said.

Directions have been passed to the field commanders and the units to observe truce in ops on ground during Ramzan.

Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Army and CRPF are engaged in the counter-terror operations in the state. All these forces are working under the unified headquarters headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

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