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Ceasefire can’t be one-sided, be it Pak or militants: BJP

Srinagar, May 11: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National president and In-charge J&K affairs, Avinash Rai Khanna on Friday said that ceasefire can’t be one-sided be it Pakistan or militants and asked Pakistan to show respect to ceasefire agreement during the holy month of Ramadan.

Talking to Kashmir News Service over phone from New Delhi, Khanna said, “Ceasefire has to be from both sides be it the militants attacking government forces on plains in Jammu and Kashmir or the Pakistan violating ceasefire on borders. We never target Pakistan but the troops of that country fire on our borders and killings of both forces personnel and civilians pain us. Pakistan is a Muslim country and should show respect to the ceasefire agreement during the holy month of Ramadhan.”

About the unanimous proposal of the All Party meeting for ceasefire with the militants, Khanna said “We don’t oppose the ceasefire but only want the other side to offer ceasefire from its side.”

In reply to a question on ceasefire with militants, Khanna said if militants attack government forces is it possible that government forces will watch bullets from the other side targeting them, obviously not. Ceasefire has to be from both the sides and let militants show restraint the government would reciprocate.” (KNS)