A nation in mourning after one of the deadliest terror attacks carried out in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir and ball appears to be set in rolling.
The terror attack claimed over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel which led to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top ministers held a security review meeting.
Mincing no words, PM Modi said those behind the terror attack would pay a “very heavy price” and had made a “huge mistake”.
To this, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said the government has decided to take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure “complete isolation” of Pakistan and has withdrawn ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status to the country.
Yesterday, New Delhi had urged the international community to back the naming of Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar as a “UN designated terrorist”; the Pakistan-based terror outfit has claimed the attack.
The US has also asked Pakistan to “immediately end support and safe haven to all terrorist groups”.
“The most favoured nation status to Pakistan stands revoked,” Arun Jaitley said after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) at the PM’s residence.
On Thursday afternoon, a suicide bomber ripped into a large convoy of 78 CRPF buses with over 2,500 personnel travelling on the highway from Jammu to Srinagar. At Pulwama, the Scorpio SUV with 350 kg of explosives rammed two of the buses transporting CRPF personnel reporting to duty in Srinagar.
The terrorist, 22-year-old Adil Ahmad Dar, lived just 10 km from the attack site at Awantipora. He was a school dropout who had joined the Jaish-e-Mohammad last year.
The White House said in a statement: “The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region.”
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the attack a matter of “grave concern”. But in a brief statement, it added, “We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations.”