The bodies of soldiers killed in Pulwama terror attack were flown to Delhi's Palam Airport
The bodies of 40 soldiers of the CRPF, killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday have been brought to Delhi. Condemning the attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said those behind the terrorist attack in Pulwama will have to pay a "heavy price". "The terrorists...they have made a big mistake. You will have to pay a very heavy price...I assure everyone that the forces behind the attack...we will bring them to justice," PM Modi said in an address in Delhi after chairing a top level security meeting with senior ministers.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Srinagar on Friday and was seen carrying a coffin of a soldier's body. After the top level security meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government will initiate all possible diplomatic steps to ensure Pakistan's "complete isolation" and had withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation status from the country.
The devastating attack on the convoy of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Home Minister Rajnath Singh left for Srinagar after attending a meeting on Cabinet Committee on Security at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence. Along with Mr Singh, the meeting, chaired by PM Modi, was attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
A 12-member team of the National Investigation Agency or NIA will reach Pulwama today to assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the spot.
The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Here are the highlights on the developments after terrorist attack on CRPF convoy at Pulwama:
Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Pulwama attack
I'm extremely pained by this act of inhumanity perpetrated by terrorists. In this hour of grief, we must stand together as a nation. The united front put up by political parties and politicians across the spectrum is a sight of that.
Day after the Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan has summoned the Indian Deputy High Commisioner. Pakistan is protesting India's allegation of its role in the brutal Pulwama attack (news agency PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Delhi's Palam airport to pay tributes to soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Rahul Gandhi, Bipin Rawat and others at the Palam Airport Congress President Rahul Gandhi pays respects to soldiers killed in Pulwama terror attack
Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Delhi's Palam Airport as bodies of soldiers arrive
Coffins of soldiers killed in Pulwama terror attack during the wreath laying ceremony at the CRPF camp in Budgam.
India has also started meeting envoys of the United Nation P5 countries - which includes China - the Gulf, Japan and European nations to brief them about Pakistan's role in sponsoring terror, sources have told NDTV.
Representatives from Germany, Hungary, Italy, European Union, Canada, Britain, Russia, Israel, Australia and Japan have arrived at the Ministry of External Affairs, news agency ANI reports.
Chinese Foreign ministry statement on Pulwama terror attack
South Korea's reaction
It is our firm position that terrorism is a crime against humanity that cannot be justified under any circumstances and must be eradicated. We will continue to actively work with the international community to eradicate terrorism (news agency ANI)
School students in Amritsar and novice Buddhist monks in Bodhgaya pay tributes to the soldiers killed in Pulwama yesterday
Points that Rajnath Singh made during the press conference
We stand with the families of the jawans and have told every state government to help the families as much as possible.
We will achieve victory in our fight against terrorism and the entire country stands together. We will not allow terrorists who come from across the border to succeed
Those involved in terrorism are not only toying with the future of Jammu and Kashmir but also with the lives of young people
These elements also take money from Pakistan and the ISI, they will be exposed.
Rajnath Singh addresses a press conference on the Pulwama attack
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's message after Pulwama attack
"We stand with you, the security forces and the people of India following this heinous terrorist attack. We send our condolences to the families of the victims"
A meeting of the Congress Core group over Pulwama attack is on at the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's residence, news agency ANI reports.
Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami has announced Rs 20 lakh for families of two soldiers from Tamil Nadu, killed in a blast in Kashmir's Pulwama yesterday.
The nation will not forget the supreme sacrifice of our brave jawans. Paid my last respects to the martyrs of Pulwama in Srinagar today. Their sacrifice will not go in vain, Home minister Rajnath Singh said.
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has been called to Delhi after the blast in Pulwama, news agency ANI reports
Veteran leader LK Advani on Pulwama blast:
The barbaric terrorist attack yesterday on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, in which nearly 40 jawans were martyred. It is an attack on India and a crime against humanity (news agency ANI)
PM Modi observes a two-minute silence for soldiers killed in the blast in Pulwama
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani condemns Pulwama attack
In a statement, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the attack targeting CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. "Afghanistan expresses sympathy and deep condolences to the Indian government and people, and the families of the soldiers who fell victim to the incident." (news agency ANI)
Home minister Rajnath Singh carries a coffin with a soldier's body
Home Minister Rajnath Singh pays homage to CRPF personnel killed in Pulwama attack.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Srinagar.
Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood seen leaving Ministry of External Affairs. He was summoned by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhal.
Bodies of CRPF personnel who lost their lives in Pulwama yesterday, at CRPF camp in Budgam.
Curfew imposed in parts of Jammu after violent protests over Pulwama attack. Curfew imposed at Bus Stand, Nawabad,Bakshi Nagar,Peer Mitha,Pacca Danga,Channi Himmat,Janipur,Domana,and Bagh-E-Bahu areas, reports news agency ANI.
Stop using how's the Josh dialogue, concentrate on Kashmir: Sena To PM Modi
Shiv Sena has questioned the Centre on how it will avenge the loss of 40 CRPF personnel in Pulwama. "Government has been chest thumping over surgical strike and has been using dialogues from the film- Uri but my question is how will u take revenge from Pakistan," Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.
The Maharashtra-based party also advised PM Modi to concentrate on Jammu and Kashmir to bring the peace to the valley. "Stop using how's the Josh dialogue and I request PM Modi not to do politics for the next one month and concentrate on Kashmir, elections will come and go," he added.
All you need to know about Pulwama suicide bomber Abdul Dar
- According to police records, Addil Ahmad Dar, 22, was a school dropout from Gundibagh village in south Kashmir's Pulwama. He dropped out of class 12 in a local school in Gundibagh in March 2017.
- He was given the name of Waqas commando by terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad. His village is barely 10 kilometres from the spot where his car, laden with explosives, rammed into a bus carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.
- He had joined the terror outfit last year in 2018.
- Abdul Dar is the third local terrorist recruited by the Jaish-e-Mohammad for a big suicide attack.
NSA Ajit Doval has held discussions with all the security forces and agencies on the attack, news agency ANI reports.
PM Narendra Modi, BJP Cancel All Political Programmes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP have cancelled all political programmes they had planned today to campaign for the upcoming national election, after the terror attack in Kashmir in which over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed on Thursday."
The 12-member team from Delhi has reached Jammu and Kashmir.
Arun Jaitley on steps taken after Pulwama attack
- There is incontrovertible evidence of Pak hand in this incident
- We'll try and force a consensus on international definition of terrorism
- Security forces will ensure those who have indulged in this act have to pay a heavy price
- (Home Minister) Rajnath Singh will have an all-party meeting tomorrow evening at the earliest
Entire opposition stands iwith security forces and government: Rahul Gandhi
- This is a terrible tragedy. This type of violence done against our security forces is absolutely disgusting. The aim of terrorism is to divide this country and we are not going to be divided
- The entire opposition will stand together with our jawans and our Government
- As the Congress President put it, today is the day of mourning. Our country has lost close to 40 jawans of the armed forces. Our foremost duty is to convey to the families that we are with them
- The Congress party stands in full support of our jawans and their families. We will do all that is necessary to keep this nation united
Senior officials, including Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, DG CRPF RR Bhatnagar, Additional Director IB Arvind Kumar, are accompanying Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Jammu and Kashmir.
US has issued a travel advisory to its citizens asking them to reconsider travel to Pakistan due to terrorism.
They will have to pay a very heavy price for their actions: PM
- I know your blood boils looking at what has happened. They will have to pay a very heavy price for their actions.
- India is together... India is united. Our unity will play a great factor in defeating our enemy.
- Our neighbouring country feels that such dastardly acts will demoralize India, but India will emerge stronger.
- Ministry of External Affairs will initiate all possible diplomatic steps to ensure complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan
- The most favored nation to Pakistan which was granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn
- Rajnath Singh will be leaving for Srinagar with team of officials from agencies and MHA today
- We will hold all-party meeting
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley brief media on the meeting on Cabinet Committee on Security.
NSG, NIA teams leave for J&K to join probe into Pulwama terror attack
Experts of anti-terror commando force the National Security Guard (NSG) and investigators of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) left for Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to join the probe into the terror attack in Pulwama in which at least 37 CRPF personnel were killed, officials said.
The decision to send the teams was taken in view of the high number of casualties in the worst terror strike in the state since the Uri attack in 2016.
12 soldiers from UP killed in Pulwama, most from any state
Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting at Prime Minister's residence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Madhya Pradesh has been cancelled.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have arrived at Prime Minister's residence for the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is also present.
The father of a CRPF Personnel who was killed in the attack in Pulwama has called for a befitting reply to Pakistan.
"I have sacrificed a son in Mother India's service, I will send my other son as well to fight, ready to give him up for Mother India, but Pakistan must be given a befitting reply," Ratan Thakur's father was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
"Immediately End Support To Terror Groups": US To Pak
The White House asked Pakistan to immediately end "support" and "safe haven" to all terror groups as it strongly condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack.
"The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a late night statement on Thursday.
"This attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India," she said in a strongly-worded statement issued by the White House.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has returned from Sweden. She will attend the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security at 9:15 AM.
Five worst terrorist attacks in Kashmir during NDA rule: Congress
The five worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir took place during NDA rule, Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said today.
He also tweeted on Jaish chief tweet Mazood Azhar:
Arun Jaitley to attend Cabinet Committee on Security
Arun Jaitley, who had passed on the charge of the Finance Ministry while receiving medical treatment in US, has resumed office. Mr Jaitley will attend a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security today to discuss the terror attack in Pulwama.
Mr Jaitley had said the terrorists will be given unforgettable lesson for their heinous act.
PM Modi has called a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today to discuss the security situation in the state against the backdrop of the attack.
The meeting is expected to begin at 9:15 am.
PM Modi had tweeted yesterday that the "sacrifices" of the security personnel will "not go in vain".
Jaish had warned of a suicide attack in Kashmir just two days ago: Sources
Sources said the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, had warned of a suicide attack in Kashmir just two days ago.
The mode of attack was indicated by a video they had uploaded online.
The video showed an attack in Afghanistan, wherein an explosive-laden vehicle used.
A Mahindra Scorpio SUV carrying 350 kg of explosives was used in the attack.
Home Ministry sources said that terrorists triggered the car bomb while 78 vehicles with over 2,500 CRPF men were on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. The stretch on which the incident occurred had been sanitized earlier in the morning, and authorities have termed it as a "serious breach" of security.
The injured have been moved to the army base hospital in Srinagar, 20 km from the attack site. Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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