A deadliest suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14 killed 44 CRPF personnel. It is the most deadliest attack in decades on security forces in J&K. A suicide bomber had pushed with a SUV carrying 350 kg of explosives into a bus carrying the CRPF troopers. Banned terrorist organisation, allegedly backed by Pakistan, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack in the Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. Foreign Secretary summoned the Pakistan High Commissioner to the Ministry of External Affairs today and issued a very strong demarche in connection with the terrorist attack in Pulwama, news agency ANI has reported.
"Conspirators of Pulwama attack will be punished, our neighbouring country has forgotten that this is a new India. Pakistan is going through an economic crisis; It is roaming around with its begging bowl but it’s not getting help from the world," said PM Modi in Jhansi.
"Our brave soldiers have sacrificed their lives and these sacrifices will not go in vain.The valour of our security forces has been witnessed by the country and there can be no one in our country who doubts their valour and bravery," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Jhansi.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will reach Srinagar shortly. He will pay his last respects to CRPF jawans who were martyred in Pulwama and chair a high level meeting to review the security situation in the wake of yesterday’s attack.
A day after the above deadly suicide attack, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today said in a press conference at Delhi that the entire Opposition and the country stands with the government and the jawans. “The aim of terrorism is to divide the country, no one can divide this country and the entire opposition stands united with the security forces and the government,” Gandhi said.“This is a time of mourning and sadness. We are fully supporting the Government of India and the forces. There is going to be no other discussion by the Congress party over the next couple of days,” Rahul Gandhi . He added, “Our nation will never forget this type of attack and will very soon response the same."
Congress leaders like Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Randeep Singh Surjewala posted tweets critical of the government and raised questions about intelligence and security lapses.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh also said that the country will not compromise with terrorists and will act as one nation. “Today is a day of mourning. Our country has lost closed to 40 armed forces jawans and our foremost duty is to convey to the families of those who have lost their lives and those seriously injured that we are with them in condemning this act of terrorism. We will not compromise with terrorists and whatever the country requires we will act as one nation,” he said.
Singh also said, “Our role today is to convey to soldiers and families our sympathies. The Congress party stands with them and we will do all that is necessary to keep this country united.”
"My earnest appeal to Rajnath Singh ji to please issue directions to all state governments to take special care in areas, colleges or institutions where Kashmiris are residing or studying. They are soft targets in a surcharged atmosphere," said Omar Abdullah in a report.
Curfew has been imposed in Jammu city as a precautionary measure following massive protests over the terror attack in Pulwama, officials said. The Army has been requested to help the administration in maintaining law and order and conduct flag marches, they said.
"It is condemnable, it's a cowardly act. It needs a permanent solution through dialogue, how long will the Jawans sacrifice their lives? How long will the bloodshed continue? People who do this must be punished. Hurling abuses won't help." Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said in a report.
China has once again declined to back India's appeal to list the Pakistan-based terror group's chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN. "China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families," spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang said during a media briefing on Friday.