The unilateral announcement of three months’ ceasefire by Nepal terrorists have brought relief in the Himalayan Kingdom, where people have suffered long strikes and shortages of items of daily necessity during frequent economic blockades imposed by terrorists who prefer to be referred as Maoists. The violence unleased by terrorists has claimed more than 12,500 lives and destroyed property worth billions of dollars. Similar announcements had also been made by terrorists during the two preceding years. It seems that terrorists were wary of upsetting local people by being blamed for violence during the Dussehra-Diwali festival season in this Hindu monarchy. The Chief of the outlawed Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, said in a statement the ceasefire was declared to respect the people’s aspiration for peace. He added his People’s Liberation Army would not launch attacks during the period. He, however, added his fighters, who control large swathes of Nepal, would retaliate if the palace-controlled army attacked.