However, it clarified that the security forces "reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people".
The fasting month of Ramzan is likely to start tomorrow or Friday depending on sighting of the moon and ends on Eid. "What best a time to go for this decision than the onset of holy month of Ramadhan which promotes values of patience, self-restraint and tolerance", Mehbooba said in a statement. It also provides for provisions relating to the establishment of special courts for speedy trial of such offences, and making it mandatory for the educational institutions to ensure safety and protection of children and not to expose them to any kind of sexual abuse.
Earlier in the day, the Home Minister informed the Chief Minister of the decision.
Briefing media persons here on Thursday, State President of Janata Dal United (JDU), G.M Shah said that after the death of Burhan Wani there is volatility in the State due to the ill-conceived and confused policies of the unholy alliance of the PDP and BJP.
The prime minister had said only a "handful of separatists" were resorting to different tactics to create problems in the state and asserted that there will be no soft approach towards terrorism.
Er Rasheed said that "despite being women herself, it took chief Minister 24 hours to wake up and feel the pain of a baby whose mother was shot dead by police and father locked up in a police station".
In 2000, then PM Atal Behari Vajpaee had announced a Ramzan ceasefire, a much appreciated gesture, to win over Hizbul Mujahideen, the key Pakistan-backed terrorist force in Kashmir.
Omar Abdullah tweeted and said if the militants don't respond to the ceasefire move, they will stand exposed as the true enemies of the people.