Kashmiri politicians for Ramazan truce
11 September 2007
The Daily Times
Srinagar: Kashmiri politicians called on New Delhi on Tuesday to declare a ceasefire in the revolt-hit state for the holy month of Ramazan, and said they hoped militants would match the move. All Kashmiris would welcome a ceasefire by Indian troops and militants to mark the holy month, Maulana Abbas Ansari, a leading Shiite cleric and a moderate separatist, told AFP. New Delhi should announce a ceasefire and Im hopeful the militants will reciprocate, Ansari said in Srinagar, urban hub of the 18-year Islamic separatist revolt. Last week, a Pakistan-based rebel alliance said it would consider a ceasefire in Kashmir if a sincere and serious offer came from some respectable quarter. United Jihad Council head, Syed Salahudin, who also leads the regions most powerful rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, did not state whether he was proposing a limited or unlimited ceasfire. If a ceasefire materialised during Ramazan, I would pray it continued beyond then, said Farooq Abdullah, a former chief minister and senior leader of main opposition National Conference.