The terror groups behind the Pulwama attack, which left 49 CRPF troopers dead, cannot hide and “will be punished” as the security forces have been given a “free hand” to tackle them, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the toll in Thursday’s terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist swelled to 49 as several others succumbed to their injuries. A total of 40 security personnel had died on the spot after a JeM terrorist rammed his explosives-laden SUV into a CRPF bus.
Paying tributes to two Central Reserve Police Force troopers from Maharashtra — Nitin Rathod and Sanjay Rajput from Buldhana — and others killed in the deadly attack on Thursday, the Prime Minister stated the country has “complete faith and pride” in our soldiers and security forces and their sacrifices will not go in vain.
“Wherever the terror groups and the perpetrators may hide, our security forces will flush them out and punish them,” Modi said amidst cheers from the gathering of farmers and women.
Stating when and how to accomplish this has been left to the security forces, Modi said: “We are deeply pained by what has happened. Every drop of blood of our slain soldiers shall be avenged.”
Modi, without mentioning Pakistan, said that now, “the neighbouring country” has become synonymous with terror. “It has sheltered terrorism, but today it is on the verge of bankruptcy.”
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday held a meeting with RAW chief A. K. Dhasmana, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, and Additional Director Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar in the wake of terror attack.
It is believed Singh took stock of the security situation in Kashmir in the aftermath of the terror attack.
The meeting also came in the wake of rising outrage and anger among the people post the attack, as the country is expecting retaliation from the government.
Meanwhile, India has rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the Pulwama terror attack.
India said JeM, which claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.
The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson on Friday termed as “preposterous” the demand for an investigation, saying there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
The spokesperson said Islamabad has not taken any action against such groups despite international demands.
Meanwhile, a number of prominent countries like the US, Russia, China, Australia, Canada and the European Union, Afghanistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have supported India and expressed solidarity with Prime Minister Modi.
Also, India has launched the process of isolating Pakistan on the international stage with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale meeting at least two dozen envoys in New Delhi.
India has also withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan. The step is believed to adversely impact Pakistan economy.