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Militants are trying to sabotage Ramzan ceasefire, says J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday blamed militants for trying to sabotage the ceasefire announced by the central government.

The Chief Minister said in a statement that the ongoing ceasefire, to mark the holy month of Ramadan, was yielding good results but said the militants were trying to sabotage it.

Reacting to the militant attack on an Army camp in Hajin a day before Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh begins his two-day visit to assess the possibility of extending the ceasefire, Mehbooba said: “Even as we see the ceasefire bringing great relief to the people, militants seem to be continuing their violent activities and desperately trying to sabotage the process. I only hope that they realise the futility of their actions soon.”

Rajnath Singh is arriving here on Thursday to assess the ongoing ceasefire and to explore the possibility of extending it during the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra.

We have not lowered guard: BSF

Meanwhile, the Border Security Force has said that it will continue to stay on high alert along the International Border in Jammu despite a recent sector commander-level meeting with Pakistan, PTI reported. On Monday, the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers agreed to ensure peace by “holding fire”.

“We have not lowered our guard along the border,” the Inspector General of the security force in the Jammu frontier, Ram Awtar, told PTI.

Two BSF personnel were killed on Sunday after the Rangers allegedly resorted to unprovoked firing along the border in the Pragwal area of Akhnoor sector.

Several casualties among security forces and civilians have been reported in alleged ceasefire violations by Pakistan in recent weeks. These violations, however, are of a different ceasefire – one that was announced by Pakistan in 2003 and immediately reciprocated by the Atal Behari Vajpayee government.

The two sides are scheduled to meet again on June 21.


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