Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik and Army’s Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh paid tribute to the soldiers in Budgam during wreath laying ceremony. Rajanth Singh, J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh, was seen carrying coffin on shoulder of a CRPF soldier in Budgam who was killed in terror strike.
Soon after arriving from Delhi, the home minister attended a solemn function where the remains of 40 CRPF personnel were kept in coffins, draped with tricolour.
Singh helped carry the coffin of a slain CRPF jawan before it was flown out of Jammu and Kashmir in a special aircraft. He said – “The nation will not forget the supreme sacrifice of our brave CRPF jawans. I have paid my last respects to the martyrs of Pulwama. The sacrifice will not go in vain.”
Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “Pakistan will have to pay a heavy price for the terror attack in Pulwama a day after a car bomber belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad killed 40 CRPF jawans“.
After chairing a cabinet committee on security meeting with the top ministers, PM Modi added – “The forces behind this act of terrorism & those responsible for it, will be definitely be punished“.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who resumed charge as finance minister on Friday, said the government will initiate all possible diplomatic steps to ensure Pakistan’s complete isolation from the international community for having a direct hand in this attack.
Countries from across the globe also condemned the terror attack in Pulwama, with global leaders like the US, Russia and France asserting that they stand with India in combating the menace of terrorism. Australia, Turkey, Canada and Czech Republic and India’s neighbour country Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives also condemned the horrific terror attack.
MEA said “The terror group is led by the international terrorist Masood Azhar, who has been given full freedom by the Pakistani government to operate and expand his terror infrastructure in territories under Pakistan’s control and to carry out attacks in India and elsewhere with impunity.”
Meanwhile, the White House has asked Pakistan to immediately end “support” and “safe haven” to all terror groups as it strongly condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack. However, Pakistan has denied allegations and said that it has “always condemned acts of violence” anywhere in the world. “We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian media and government that seek to link the attack to Pakistan without investigations.”