Terrorism & Insurgency

Kashmir state government dissolution allows for intensified counter-terrorism operations, increasing likelihood of targeted killings of suspected militants

20 June 2018


On 19 June, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended a state-level coalition with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a regional party in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

The BJP announced its withdrawal from the coalition following the failure of the unilateral ceasefire imposed in Kashmir during the Islamic month of Ramadan. The move effectively dissolves the J&K state government, with no other alliance of parties holding a majority with which to form a government. Governor’s rule (direct administration by the state governor) was consequently imposed in J&K, and the state will be permitted to hold fresh elections after a period of six months.

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