The nation was shaken to the core on Thursday evening by the terrorist activity in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in which as many as 45 CRPF jawans martyred while numerous others were left injured.
In the deadliest attack ever on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into a CRPF convoy of 70 vehicles in Pulwama district.
The attack took place when the CRPF was moving 2,547 CRPF jawans/officers in two convoys moving close to each other from Jammu to South Kashmir in 78 vehicles including, buses, armoured vehicles and jeeps
The attacker has been identified as Adil Ahmed Dar alias Waqas Commander, a young man from Pulwama, was inspired to become a suicide bomber after the Taliban claimed victory since the US announced the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
Government, Opposition extend support in all possible manners
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP have cancelled all political programmes they had planned today to campaign for the upcoming national election, after the terror attack in Kashmir. At the launch of Vande Bharat Express in New Delhi, PM Narendra Modi observed a two-minute silence for the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack.
India withdraws Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan, vows to corner Islamabad
After the Cabinet Committee on Security meet, Jaitley briefed the media and said “MEA will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan. The Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan stands withdrawn.”
India won’t be divided, we all stand with govt: Rahul Gandhi & Opposition
“This is a terrible tragedy. This type of violence done against our security forces is absolutely disgusting. The aim of terrorism is to divide this country and we are not going to be divided. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said there should be zero tolerance towards terrorism and such incidents cannot be forgiven. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra cancelled her scheduled press conference in Lucknow and observed a two-minute silence for the CRPF soldiers.
State governments extended support to families of jawans
The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakhs each to the families of the 12 CRPF jawans of the state killed in the Pulwama terror attack. Madhya Pradesh government on the other hand announced Rs 1 crore aid to martyr’s family.
Telangana CM KC Rao cancelled his birthday celebrations, mourned the martyred
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has cancelled his birthday celebrations scheduled for February 17 in the wake of Pulwama terror attack and appealed to party leaders and workers to not celebrate the event in any form:
Nationwide protest over Pulwama attack, citizens burn Pakistan flags
Massive anti-Pakistan protests rocked different parts of the country in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. Citizens protest against Pakistan and terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar over Pulwama attack. Raising anti-Pakistan, anti-terrorist slogans, the protesters demanded action against Pakistan for “sponsoring terrorism in the Valley.”
Here’s how world reacted to the incident –
The United States: The White House asked Pakistan to immediately end “support” and “safe haven” to all terror groups as it strongly condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack.
UN: UN secretary general Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district and called for those behind the attack to be brought to justice.
Afghanistan: Afghan Minister said, “Pulwama terror attack a ‘copy-paste’ of Pak-backed terror in Afghanistan. The heinous act has all the hallmarks of a common source & sponsor of terrorism in our region. We condemn the attack,” said Amrullah Saleh, the acting Minister of Interior of Afghanistan.
Nepal: Condemning the attack, Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “Terrorism cannot be justified. The Government of Nepal strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir today that has resulted in the loss of many precious lives.”
Russia: Russia also condemned the attack and stressed the need to combat such “inhuman acts” with a decisive and collective response, without any double standards.