Ceasefire does not mean surrender; it is nobody's defeat, says separatist leader

Kashmir Times. Dated: 5/16/2018 1:41:15 PM

SRINAGAR, May 15(Agencies): A separatist leader in Kashmir valley said that unilateral ceasefire in the wake of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra can stop bloodshed and make way for talks on Kashmir valley. Former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zafar Akbar Bhat, who took part in talks after the ceasefire in 2000 by the Centre, said that the ceasefire means to stop human rights violations. The earlier ceasefire, which was announced in year 2000, lasted only for fifteen days.
"First we have to build trust, and you must show braveness in it, which is important for dialogue. Please do not see ceasefire in terms of victory and loss, it is all about finding a way to find peace," Bhat said.
The former militant said that the role civil society from both the places is important, and they should come forward. He said that the ceasefire does not mean surrender, and it is not anybody's defeat. People from both sides are dying.
When asked about the earlier ceasefire in which he participated, he said, “Someone from Pakistan, India and someone from us played a role to sabotage it."
Even the BJP had said that ceasefire would only ease the pressure and allow terrorists to re-energies, it had rejected Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s suggestion for a unilateral ceasefire in the wake of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra, claiming such a measure was not in national interest.



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