The Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Defence minister, Home minister, External affairs minister and Finance minister presided a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meet to discuss issues on the Pulwama attack that killed 44 CRPF jawans on February 14.
The CCS body evaluates decisions on security matters and strategic affairs.
After the CCS meeting concluded, PM Modi voiced, “There is much anger among people due to this terror attack. People’s blood is boiling. I understand this. The nation has some expectations at this moment. Emotion is running high to do something, which is natural.”
The PM added, “Our country is not going to stop. Culprits will have to pay a heavy price. We will not leave the dreams of those who died for us.”
The Prime Minister further echoed, “To all my colleagues, in ruling and opposition, it’s a sensitive time. We need to speak all in one voice because this battle is for us to win.”
Aiming at Pakistan, the PM said, “If our neighbour which is totally isolated in the world thinks it can destabilise India through its tactics and conspiracies, then it is making a big mistake.”
India has withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status from Pakistan. MFN is an economic status given for trade relations between two nations.
The US White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan has disclaimed all charges trained on it on Pulwama attack. The Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said, “We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian media and government that seek to link the attack to Pakistan without investigations.”
The FO spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted, “We have always condemned heightened acts of violence in Valley.”
Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad has identified the suicide bomber Adil Ahmad and the group claimed owning the terror attack in Pulwama.
On February 14, the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist, a local Kashmiri resident travelling in a 350 kg explosive contained Mahindra Scorpio car hit the 2500 CRPF personnel convoy enroute to Srinagar from Jammu around 3 PM. There were around 78 vehicles in the convoy.
The blast was so severe that it was heard around 10 to 12 kms circumference.
PM Narendra Modi in a sharp rebuke to the terror outfit said, “You have committed a grave crime. The perpetrators of terror will pay a heavy price. I assure the nation that we will punish the perpetrators of terror.
The PM has thanked all nations who have supported India and condemned the ghastly attack.
The US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster, in a tweet has voiced, “The US Mission in India strongly condemns today’s terrorist visit in Jammu and Kashmir. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families and victims.”
The Russian Embassy also released, “We denounce terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive and collective response without any double standards.”
France and Germany, too, have condemned the attack. The French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said, “France has always been and always will be by India’s side in the fight against terrorism in all its forms.”
Countries like Australia, Turkey, Canada and Czech Republic have expressed solidarity.
India’s neighbouring countries Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, too, have expressed their firm support and voiced on effective action to tackle terrorism.
The BJP has withdrawn all political campaigns and Home Minister Rajnath Singh has travelled to the northern state on Friday to take stock of the situation.