A day after Union home minister Rajnath Singh assessed the situation in Kashmir following the Pulwama Terror Attack, an all-party meet chaired by the Home Minister on Saturday concluded that “terrorism in India was being actively encouraged from across the border.”
The All-party meet was attended by all political parties that was called to preside over the suicide attack in Pulwama Terror Attack that killed at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on Thursday.
A resolution was passed at the end of the all-party meeting condemned the Pulwama Terror Attack. The Parties concluded that the nation expressed its determination to fight the challenges arising from cross-border terrorism.
“India has in the last three decades faced the menace of cross-border terrorism. Of late, terrorism in India is being actively encouraged by forces across the border. India has displayed both firmness and resilience in dealing with these challenges,” a statement from the home ministry said.
Congress Leader and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad after the all-party meeting said, ‘We stand with the govt for unity & security of the nation and security forces. Be it Kashmir or any other part of the nation, Congress party gives its full support to the govt in the fight against terrorism’
Congress Leader added, ‘We had requested the Home Minister to request the PM on our behalf to ask Presidents of all national & regional parties for a meeting. This was supported by other parties too. The entire nation is in mourning today, is angry.’
He further said, ‘I had also said that barring war, for the first time since 1947 such large number of security personnel have been killed in an attack. We stand with our security forces – Army, CRPF, local police. The entire nation is standing with them’.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress: I had also said that barring war, for the first time since 1947 such large number of security personnel have been killed in an attack. We stand with our security forces – Army, CRPF, local police. The entire nation is standing with them. #PulwamaAttack https://t.co/J2tGzkBcpF
— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2019
Speaking after the all-party meet, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said, ‘Resolutions were passed after Pathankot & Uri attack also. We have told them (central government) that they should now take action.’
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena after the all-party meeting on #PulwamaAttack: Resolutions were passed after Pathankot & Uri attack also. We have told them (central government) that they should now take action. pic.twitter.com/StuKlhXouz
— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2019
Earlier on Friday, Central Government registered a strong protest Pakistan High Commission. Its High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood was summoned by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhle. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhle conveyed that Pakistan must take immediate & verifiable action against Jaish e Mohammad (JeM). It is also conveyed that Pakistan must immediately stop groups or individuals associated with terrorism operating from its territories.
Earlier on Friday, India also revoked the Most Favoured Nation Status (MNF) given to Pakistan day after Pulwama Terror Attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF Personnel.
The convoy comprised 78 Buses in which around 2500 CRPF Personnel were travelling from Jammu and Kashmir. A bus, in which 42 CRPF Personnel was travelling was being targetted and got extensively damaged in the blast that was followed by firing on the vehicle.
Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish e Mohammad (JeM) claimed the responsibility of the Pulwama Terror Attack and reportedly stated that it was a suicide bomber.
The Deadliest attack on CRPF Personnel has evoked strong condemnation not only in India but across Globe with US, Russia and France asserting that they stand with India in combating the menace of terrorism.