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Posted at: May 17, 2018, 1:22 AM; last updated: May 17, 2018, 1:22 AM (IST)

Pak thwarted earlier ceasefire bids

Tribune News Service

Jammu, May 16

The Centre’s announcement of a unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir comes despite having seen two such initiatives being thwarted by Pakistan in 2000-2001.

The Hizbul Mujahideen had on July 24, 2000, announced a ceasefire in Kashmir, but it was called off by the group supremo, Syed Salahuddin, under the pressure of the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan. The ceasefire had ended in a fortnight.

Salahuddin had announced the end of the ceasefire in a crowded press conference in Rawapindi, withdrawing his support to the unilateral ceasefire announced by the then “commander-in-chief” of the outfit, Majid Dar on August 8. Two days later a car bomb explosion at Residency Road in Srinagar signalled the violent end of the ceasefire.

In 2000 again, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had hoped that his experiment with the ceasefire during Ramzan and beyond would yield a positive response. Pakistan again sabotaged it by activating militant outfits and making them mount audacious attacks in Srinagar, Jammu region and also in Delhi. Finally, the ceasefire was called off by the Centre on May 31, 2001.

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