Top headlines of the day: 18 February 2019

Pulwama Terror Attack: India withdraws Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan, vows to corner Islamabad

A day after the dastardly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, India has withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation (MNF) status accorded to Pakistan.

The Cabinet Committee on Security met Friday morning to discuss the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj were also present at the meeting.

“The Most Favoured Nation status which was granted to Pakistan, stands withdrawn,” Union Minister Arun Jaitley said after the CCS meeting.

Addressing the media, Jaitley said India will intensify its diplomatic efforts to corner Pakistan on the international level. “The Ministry of External Affairs will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan of which incontrovertible is available of having a direct hand in this act,” the minister said.

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“People who are responsible and have supported this act of terrorism will have to pay a heavy price for it,” he added.

In the deadliest attack ever on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, 44 CRPF personnel were martyred and several other were injured when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into a CRPF convoy of 70 vehicles in Pulwama district.

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