Ceasefire can be extended beyond Ramadan
11 September 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that people of Jammu and Kashmir are completely fed up with cult of violence. He said that time has come to openly declare stoppage of all kinds of violence, attacks on innocents, throwing of grenades, planting of IEDs and resorting to harassment of people, by militants. In a statement issued here today, Mr. Azad said that keeping in view the holy month of Ramadan, people will appreciate the same, and from the Government side, he will be happy to respond to ceasefire, which should not limit to the holy month of Ramadan only, but can be extended beyond that period in case militants declare to shun the violence. The Chief Minister hoped that this would not only help in progress and development of the State but provide opportunity to the people to get rid of violence and miseries for ever. Militants will also accordingly realize that peace is the demand of the people and gun culture has no relevance in any civilized society, when matters can be sorted out on table through dialogue in a peaceful atmosphere, he added.