A day after the ghastly Pulwama terror attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Securities (CCS) on Friday to deliberate over the incident. He has cancelled all the political engagements scheduled for today.
PM Modi asserted that the sacrifices of the brave security personnel will not go in vain while condemning the attack.
“Our security forces have been given full freedom. The forces behind this act of terrorism and those responsible for it will definitely be punished,” he added.
President Ram Nath Kovind too has assured that the entire nation is united to fight against the forces of terror and evil following the ghastly assault.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Arun Jaitely said that the most-favoured-nation status granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.
International bodies and heads of various nations across the globe have expressed condolences to the bereaved families. UN secretary general Antonio Guterres called for those behind the attack to be brought to justice.
“We strongly condemn today’s attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district and express our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and to the Government and people of India,” Guterres’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing on Thursday.
According to reports, a 12-member team of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has left for Jammu and Kashmir to begin the investigation. Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh is also expected to fly to Kashmir today to take stock of the situation in the state.
The United States condemns the attack said it stands “alongside India in defeating terrorism”.
“The US Mission in India strongly condemns today’s attack in Jammu and Kashmir. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims,” US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster tweeted.
Meanwhile, Russia stressed the need to combat such “inhuman acts” with a decisive and collective response, without any double standards. The embassy conveyed its condolences to the grieving families and wished speedy recovery of those injured.
“We denounce terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with a decisive and collective response without any double standards,” the Russian embassy said.
Amrullah Saleh, the acting Minister of Interior of Afghanistan, tweeted in the aftermath of the attack, “The heinous act of terror in Kashmir has all the hallmarks of a common source and sponsor of terrorism in our region. It is a copy paste of what Pakistan backed terror groups do in Afghanistan. We condemn the attack and convey our condolences to Indian people.”
Furthermore, Thailand, Australia, Spain and Italy too have condemned the attack.
India has slammed Pakistan for the attack and blamed it for supporting Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder Masood Azhar. Pakistan, on the other hand, issued a statement rejecting India’s attacks. The Jaish suicide bomber, identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, rammed an SUV laden with over 3000 kg of explosives into the CRPF bus carrying about 42 personnel. The convoy comprised of 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad has since claimed responsibility for the attack which left the bus extensively damaged in a blast and ensuing gunfire on the vehicle.
Mobile internet services stand suspended in Jammu in the wake of the attack.