Pulwama Terror Attack: Government withdraws ‘MFN’ status to Pakistan

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Jammu: After the deadly attack on CRPF officers by the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists yesterday in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, the government has withdrawn the ‘most favoured nation’ status to Pakistan under the World Trade Organisation rules, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after the cabinet committee on security meeting.

Modi assured the nation that all involved in the Pulwama attack that killed 44 CRPF jawans will be punished, adding that Pakistan has made a huge mistake and will have to pay.

“If our neighbour thinks that the type of strategies they are doing, they will be able to take away peace from India, they are highly mistaken,” Modi said in a press conference this morning.

Our neighbouring country thinks such terror attacks can weaken us, but their plans will not materialise, Modi said. He thanked all the nations which condemned the Pulwama attack and urged them to come together to crush terrorism.

However, Pakistan on Thursday said the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district is “a matter of grave concern” even as it strongly rejected Indian media and government’s allegations of the country’s link to the strike “without” probe.

“India’s security forces will take all possible steps to ensure security. Efforts are underway to track down people responsible for the attack,” Modi said.

He added that the Indian security forces have been given the full freedom and would like to warn the terrorist agencies that they have committed a big mistake and will have to pay for it.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley reiterated Modi’s statement by saying that the Ministry of External Affairs will initiate diplomatic steps to ensure complete isolation of Pakistan in the internationalcommunity.

The government will convene an all-party meeting on Saturday to discuss the issue of Pulwama, Jaitley added after the CCS meet.

“The home minister will call an all-party meeting tomorrow to brief them about the incident,” the Prime Minister said, adding that all political parties should unite together against enemies.

“Understand the sentiments of those criticising us and want to urge them that it is an emotional time and ask them to stay away from political one-upmanship, Modi said.

“Those who committed this heinous act or supported it will be made to pay a heavy cost, Jaitley said.

In the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 44 troopers and leaving the security established stunned.

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the horror and released a video clip of the suicide bomber, a ‘commander’ identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, which it claimed was shot before the young man carried out the strike in Lethpora, about 30 km from here.

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