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No 'Operation All Out' during Ramadan: A big blunder by Modi Govt
Just at the time when after a long drawn campaign, in which security forces led by the Indian Army have finally gained an upper hand in the Kashmir Valley, pushing the jehadis both of Pakistan and Indian origin against the wall, that also, after sacrificing lot of life and limb, the Indian political masters of the Modi government, on the demand of Mehbooba Mufti, the Chief Minister of J&K, have accepted that during Ramadan, there will be no action or operations against the jehadis.

This is pure foolishness; allowing time to the jehadis to rest, recoup and regroup and once again attack our security forces with new vigour, leading to more casualties for our security forces and also innocent civilians. All this for what purpose? Are we living in the Mahabharata era where all wars use to stop post sunset?

Thanks to Mehbooba Mufti, all cases against the infamous "patharbaaz" gangs of the youth of the Kashmir Valley were withdrawn, as a reformative measure. It was expected that the patharbaaz brigade will take this in the right spirit and will in future refrain from insensitive patharbaazi.

However, within no time, in the last few days, they have attacked a school bus full of school kids in Srinagar, injuring a number of kids.

Instances of stone-pelting at the security forces operating against the jehadis have also not reduced. They continue to indulge in patharbaazi against the security forces distracting them from operating against the militants. A large number of security personnel have been injured in this patharbaazi.

Need of the hour is to treat the patharbaaz also as jehadis and shoot to kill them if they interfere in counterinsurgency operations against terrorists. All patharbaazi will stop in no time, but thanks to our netas this has not happened.

Patharbaazi continues unabated. Worst is that barely a few days back, a 21-year-old tourist from Chennai was killed when these patharbaaz targeted a group of tourists on the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway. Tourism is the main industry for J&K, the bread and butter of the Kashmir Valley people, but nowadays even tourists are not spared by these patharbaaz.

At this juncture, ordering the security forces not to launch counterinsurgency operations like "Operation All Out" against militants during the holy month of Ramadan is not only foolish but will also prove to be extremely damaging to the morale of our security forces. It simply means that our political masters are insensitive towards our armed forces.

Surely, our politicians aren't that naive to contemplate that these jehadis will be reformed post Ramadan and meekly surrender laying down their arms. Of course, it's a forgone conclusion that nothing of that sort is expected to happen.

During this one-month-long break they will recuperate and regroup; find new safe houses;arrange more funds, arms and ammunition from Pakistan, besides recruiting more jehadis all thanks to this newly found impunity.

The condition that the armed forces reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or for protecting the lives of innocent has no meaning. The armed forces will not have the initiative to be proactive. Besides, what is the guarantee that the jehadis will observe a ceasefire during Ramadan? Who will be accountable for them?

Nowhere in the world especially in places marred by terrorism has such preposterous suggestion been made. Currently, the whole of West Asia is in turmoil; Afghanistan is on the boil.

Will there be complete peace and harmony in all of the 60 Muslim countries of the world during Ramadan? In India, whether it's the Northeast or the Kashmir Valley, just when the armed forces start getting an upper hand over insurgents our ill advised netas intervene, leading to surrendering of advantage. Will we ever learn to indulge in such blunders before it's too late?

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