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Kashmir Terror Attack: Govt calls all party meet, PM Modi hints at 'befitting reply'

The decision to call the all-party meeting was taken at the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meet held today morning

Friday February 15, 2019 8:33 PM, ummid.com News Network

CCS Meet on Kashmir Attack

New Delhi: The Union Government on Friday decided to call an all-party meeting to assess the situation arising after the deadly terror attack in Kashmir's Pulwama district. Sources said the meeting is likely to be held on Saturday when Home Minister Rajnath Singh returns to the national capital.

The decision to call the all-party meeting was taken at the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meet held today morning.

“The Home Minister, after his return from Kashmir, will soon call an all-party meeting", Union Minister Jaitley said.

"CCS expressed its condolences to families, a detailed assessment of the incident was also taken", Jaitley said.

He also said that the Most Favoured Nations status (MFN) to Pakistan has been withdrawn.

Addressing a public event after the meeting, Prime Minister Modi warned Pakistan of consequences. Without taking name of Pakistan, he said the terror outfits and their supporters have committed a grave mistake for which they “will be definitely punished.”

The Congress extended its support to the government over the issue. Party president Rahul Gandhi said, “The entire opposition will stand together with our jawans and our government.”

“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,” Gandhi said.

As many as 37 CRPF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday when a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus they were travelling in, officials said.

The terror group has claimed responsibility for the incident, they said. A number of others have been left injured in the first major attack on the security forces in the last decade.

The vehicle was blown up on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district, a police official said. Police identified the terrorist as Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama. He joined the Jaish-Mohammed in 2018, they said.

The attack has been condemned by all national leaders including PM Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former chief ministers of J&K Omar Abdullah and Mahbooba Mufti.

Russian President Putin and White House also issued statement to condemn the 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", the White House said in a statement.

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also called the attack a matter of "grave concern". But in a brief statement, it added, "We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations."

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