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Ceasefire during Ramadan: Lashkar rejects, says will never ‘compromise’

Srinagar, May 16: Rejecting New Delhi’s decision of ceasefire in Kashmir during Ramadan, militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba Wednesday said that it cannot “even think of such compromise”.
In an emailed statement to The Kashmir Monitor, LeT Chief Mehmood Shah said that they have “firmly asserted that cease-fire is no option.”
“We deem it as sin and disgrace to the sacrifices put up in the freedom struggle. We are the heirs of the martyrs. Opting for such choice is treachery to blood of martyrs and there is no disgrace as such,” the LeT Chief said.
He, in the statement, dubbed the Centre’s statement on ceasefire as “nothing but a drama”.
“It may be a wish of India and its few sympathizers and nothing else. Bipin Rawat (Army Chief) is of the opinion that he may threaten the Kashmiris by imposing atrocities on unarmed students. It has neither happened before nor will it happen now. We were active in the resistance before and so we will be in future,” he said.
Mahmood Shah, the statement continued, said they were in favour of negotiations “but the talks of negotiations in presence of armed occupational forces in the region are lies.”
“The entire Jihad Council is convinced on the leadership of Syed Salahuddin. Our mothers are supporting us by picking up the guns and we can never betray their trust. This indigenous freedom struggle is supported by the pure blood of martyrs and we can never let anyone betray it. We vow to the people that we will never betray their trust and the immense sacrifices they have gone through in the freedom struggle. We will continue the armed struggle until and unless Jammu Kashmir had won its freedom,” read the statement.