Top security officials of Jammu and Kashmir disclosed to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Srinagar on Thursday that the Operation Halt has been by and large a success. In a presentation to Singh behind closed doors at Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) the officials told him that there was “70 per cent success if not 100 per cent,” in the more than three week long halt to the counter-insurgency operations.
Singh, however, kept everyone guessing about how he saw the presentation by the security officials of the state that were present in good numbers. According to some officials Singh would not ‘jump the gun’ and instead reserve the decision about the extension of the ceasefire until another security review meeting to be held in New Dehli likely before Eid-ul-Fitr.
“We stressed that the ceasefire was a 70 per cent success, if not 100 per cent,” said an official, who was also present in the meeting. “The Home Minister, however, decided to reserve his decision whether the ceasefire would be extended and stressed final call will be taken in another review meeting in New Delhi. We got a feel that ceasefire may remain in force till Amarnath Yatra ends in mid-August.”
Singh chaired the security review meeting amid tight security around the venue. The top officials representing police, army and CRPF were present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs were also in attendance.
A senior security official, who was part of the meeting, said that Rajnath was given a power point presentation on the present prevailing security situation in Kashmir in the backdrop of the ceasefire announcement. “The Home Minister keenly watched the presentation which also included the requirement for additional forces for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra,” the official said.