Prime Minister Narendra Modi served a stern warning on Friday to Pakistan in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack killing 44 Central Reserve Police Force jawans on Thursday and At the CCS meet decided to withdraw the most favoured status granted to Pakistan.
Without taking name of Pakistan, PM Modi said the security forces have been given a “free hand” to deal with the challenges posed by terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.
“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 security forces have been given free hand and we have full faith in the bravery of our soldiers,” PM Modi said a little after chairing a meeting the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to review the security situation after the Pulwama terror attack.
He said, “I want to tell the terror outfits and their supporters that they have committed a grave mistake. I want to assure the nation that those who are behind this terror attack, those have committed this crime, will be definitely punished.”
At the CCS meet, the government decided to withdraw the most favoured status granted to Pakistan. The meeting ended after consultations lasting about 1.15 hour. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are in discussion with PM Modi over the security situation in the Kashmir Valley.
“If our neighbour, which has been isolated in the world, thinks that by carrying out such attacks, hatching such conspiracies, it would be successful in bringing instability in India, it is a big mistake on its part,” exclaimed Modi.
Rajnath Singh has cancelled his public rally in Bihar and will instead now be heading to Srinagar on Friday morning along with the Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar.
Sitharaman, who was visiting Sweden, cut short her foreign visit to return home following the terror attack on Thursday, when a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying over 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force jawans was targeted by militants.
“The attack was carried out by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed. A strong reply will be given and I assure the people of the country this. The country pays tribute to the brave jawans who were martyred,” Home minister Rajnath Singh said.
“We strongly condemn today’s attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. We express our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and to the Government and people of India and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. We call for those behind the attack to be brought to justice,” a statement from the UN, condemning the Pulwama terror attack, said.