Pahalgam, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Friday asserted that there could be an extension of Non-Initiation of Combat Operations (NICO) during the holy month of Ramzan in Jammu and Kashmir if there was no breach of the peace.
However, he said, ‘if there is some action by militants then they will have to rethink on the suspension of NICO.
‘We suspended operations to show people an atmosphere of peace. In my opinion, the people here are very happy,’ Gen Rawat told reporters at this renowned health resort while on a visit to the Army Goodwill School.
On May 16, the Centre agreed to the proposal for an unilateral ‘ceasefire’ during the holy month of Ramzan, made by an All Party Meeting-led by J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.The step was widely welcomed by political parties and civil society in the state though it was rejected by separatists and militant outfits.
State Director General of Police S P Vaid had tweeted that the Ramzan ‘ceasefire’ has been successful so far. The DGP had said the situation, especially in south Kashmir, had eased and the cessation of offensive operations served as a confidence building measure for families, who want their boys to return home.
‘The initiative of Hon’ble PM has helped in general improvement in law & order. The situation especially in south Kashmir has eased,’ Dr Vaid had asserted.