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India withdraws Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan: Arun Jaitley

Terrorists will pay heavy price for Pulwama attack, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime News, National, New Delhi, February 15:- The Union government at the high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday decided to mull tough action against Pakistan and will prepare a dossier on the Awantipora attack.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on Thursday announced that India have decided to withdraw the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status granted to Pakistan in the aftermath of the deadly Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

Jaitley made these statements while speaking to the media following the Cabinet Committee meeting on Security.

“Most Favoured Nation status granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn,” said Arun Jaitley.

The Finance Minister also said that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will take all the necessary steps to isolate Pakistan completely in the international community.

Warning Pakistan that it cannot weaken India by orchestrating attacks such as the one on CRPF jawans in Pulwama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said those responsible will pay “a very heavy price” and security forces will be given a free hand to deal with terrorists.

In a hard-hitting speech, Modi said the “blood of the people is boiling” and forces behind the act of terrorism will be definitely be punished.

“Security forces have been given complete freedom, the blood of the people is boiling…Our neighbouring country, which has been isolated internationally, thinks such terror attacks can destabilise us, but their plans will not materialise,” Modi said at a function to flag off the Vande Bharat Express, India’s fastest train from Delhi to Varanasi.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) was held on Friday headed by Prime Minister Modi. The other members Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were present.

The meeting was held to discuss the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir after one of the deadliest terror attacks in the state where at least 44 personnel were killed and left many critically wounded. A suicide bomber from the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF (central reserve police force) bus in Pulwama District on Thursday afternoon.

More than 2,500 CRPF personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm. The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack that took place about 20 km from Srinagar, officials said.

Police identified the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmed, who officials said joined the Jaish in 2018. He was driving a vehicle packed with over 100 kg of explosives on the wrong side of the road and hit the bus, in which estimated 39-44 personnel were travelling, head-on, an official at the spot said.

The powerful explosion, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron, was heard many kilometres away, including in some parts of Srinagar adjoining Pulwama District. Body parts could be seen strewn around the area. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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