Srinagar, Oct 9: The United Jihad Council's 3-day ceasefire announcement in view of Eid-ul-Fitr has put the Army and the state government in a tight spot with both saying that the ball is in other's court.
Army said on Tuesday that it's the civilian administration that has to respond to the UJC's announcement and armed forces would abide by the government's decision.
Army spokesman told Greater Kashmir that the "Army takes orders from the government and it's the government that can take a decision about the ceasefire."
Bu the state government said the decision on ceasefire was Army's prerogative.
Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Taj Mohiudin who is also a leader of Congress, the state's ruling party, said: "The decision about reciprocating the announcement of ceasefire depends upon the armed forces."
Responding to UJC offer, Taj Mohiudin said, "As a Kashmiri I welcome the move made by the militants." He insisted that the decision on responding to the ceasefire lies with the Army.
The UJC's 3-day truce announcement evoked a mixed reaction from pro-India and pro-freedom leaders.
Syed Ali Geelani
Chairman of Hurriyat conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said, "Ceasefire can be effective if it's announced from India's side. Unilateral ceasefire will not serve any purpose."
He said, "It's not 1500 militants who are harassing the people but it's five lakh troopers who have unleashed a reign of terror."
Geelani said that ceasefire is not the objective the real goal is to make India give up its rigidity. "Till India doesn't provide Kashmiris with right to self determination ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir cannot change," he said.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Chairman of Hurriyat conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while reacting to the development said, "New Delhi should reciprocate to the truce offer made by militants and it should take the offer seriously."
Terming the 3-day truce offer as an "good opportunity" for taking the peace process ahead, Mirwaiz said, "If New Delhi is really sincere then it should respond without wasting any time."
Shabir Ahmed Shah
Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmed Shah welcomed UJC's announcement. "It's a good move but it needs to be reciprocated."
Shah expressed apprehensions about New Delhi's response to the truce offer. "When the month of Ramzan commenced Salahuddin hinted about announcing a ceasefire in this holy month but New Delhi didn't respond."
"I believe New Delhi won't take the offer seriously this time too," Shah added.
Ali Muhammad Sagar
Senior National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Sagar said that unilateral ceasefire will not serve any purpose. "For proving its sincerity New Delhi should grab the offer and respond positively," Sagar said.
He said that till talks are not held with gun-wielding youth Kashmir issue cannot be resolved. "But possibilities of New Delhi reacting positively seem to be bleak in wake of the internal crisis that has gripped the Congress-led UPA government."
M Y Tarigami
State Secretary of CPI (M) M Y Tarigami urged New Delhi to respond to the truce offer. "New Delhi should respond positively."
Tarigami said that if ceasefire can hold good in border areas then why can not it sustain in the Valley.
He said as a Kashmiri he welcomes the unilateral truce offer by UJC and hoped ceasefire would be extended.