The Narendra Modi Government chaired a crucial meeting on Pulwana Attack which took place soon after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s returned from the Kashmir Valley.
Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), which is the highest decision-making body of the government is expected to decide further course of action after the attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Awantipora, which left CRPF personnel martyred.
The main opposition party, the Congress on Friday extended full support to the government saying “we are not going to be divided”.
In the meeting, the government is likely to brief the parties about the Pulwama terror attacks and security situation in Kashmir. A convoy of 78 vehicles carrying more than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force jawans from Jammu to Srinagar was targeted in a suicide bombing. An explosive-laden SUV rammed one of the buses in the convoy ripping it apart.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top ministers held crucial security review meeting. PM Modi said those behind the terror attack would pay a “very heavy price” and had made a “huge mistake”.
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the government has decided to take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure “complete isolation” of Pakistan and has withdrawn ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status to the country.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley at the end of a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, informed journalists that the status of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) to Pakistan was being withdrawn. Jaitley also said that there was “incontrovertible evidence against Pakistan in this attack.”
Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), which was briefed on the attack, came to the conclusion that evidence of Pakistan’s role was incontrovertible. They summed up by agreeing to a fact that a cross-border military response must be pursued. Besides the PM, the meeting was attended by Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Nirmala Sitharaman.
The external affairs ministry, it was agreed, will ask Indian diplomats to engage with other countries and the UN to build global opinion against Pakistan’s support to terror, said government sources.