Rejoicing that New Delhi had imposed ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti hoped that Pakistan would respond positively to the Centre’s announcement.“I hope Pakistan will respond positively to the ceasefire. I hope militants while respecting the holy month of Ramzan will respond positively and help in stopping the bloodshed which has been happening in J&K for so many years,” she said.She added that the decision would go a long way in healing the wounds of people of the state who have been suffering the tragedies and pain of violence and uncertainty for the past three decades or so. “What best a time to go for this significant decision than the onset of holy month of Ramadhan which promotes values of patience, self-restraint and tolerance,” she saidAlso readOmar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti welcome Centre’s move to have ceasefire in J&K during Ramzan monthEarlier, Mehbooba expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh imposing ceasefire in the state. “I wholeheartedly welcome the Ramadan ceasefire & would like to thank @narendramodi ji & @rajnathsingh ji for their personal intervention. My gratitude also to the leaders & parties who participated in the All Party Meeting & helped build consensus towards this announcement. The month of Ramadan is a harbinger of peace & such a decision will go a long way in creating a peaceful & amicable environment for a sustained dialogue”, Mehbooba tweeted.Also readGovt agrees to Mehbooba Mufti’s proposal, announces conditional ceasefire in J&K during RamzanFormer chief minister and leader of the opposition Omar Abdullah too was quick to hail the ceasefire by the centre. “On the demand of all political parties (except the BJP, which had opposed it) the Centre has announced a unilateral ceasefire. Now if the militants don’t respond in kind they will stand exposed as the true enemies of the people,” Omar tweeted.BJP, which had opposed the ceasefire after All Parties Meeting, withdrew into shell after the centre’s announcement. “I am not aware. I am hearing it from you first time. I have to study it and I can’t comment like this,” said Brigadier Anil Gupta, J&K state BJP spokesman.
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