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Pulwama terror attack updates: MEA holds high-level meeting with representatives of over 15 countries

Pulwama terror attack LIVE Updates: Representatives of several missions, including Germany, Hungary, Italy, European Union, Canada, Britain, Russia, Israel, Australia and Japan, arrived at the Ministry of External Affairs to discuss Pulwama attack. The high-level meeting began at 6 pm.

FP Staff February 15, 2019 18:46:06 IST
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Pulwama terror attack updates: MEA holds high-level meeting with representatives of over 15 countries
  • At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir

  • A Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district

  • More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles

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14:46 (ist)

India issues strong demarche in connection with Pulwama attack

According to sources, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood to the Ministry of External Affairs today at 2 pm and issued a very strong demarche in connection with the terrorist attack in Pulwama on Thursday. Gokhale told Mahmood that Pakistan must take immediate and verifiable action against the Jaish-e-Mohammad and that it must immediately stop any groups or individuals associated with terrorism operating from its territories. 

07:50 (ist)

Two days before attack, a Jaish-e-Mohammed video warned of similar attack, says report

Just two days before the devastating attack on the CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan-based anti-India terror group had uploaded a video online hinting at the modus operandi of a coming atack. 

NDTV reported quoted sources that the video showed an attack in Afghanistan, wherein an explosive-laden vehicle was used. The report claimed that the Criminal Investigation Department of the state police had shared the video and input about the possible attack with intelligence agencies. However, no action had been taken about it.

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Feb 15, 2019 - 19:07 (IST)

Uttarakhand announces ex-gratia for affected families from state

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh each to families of the jawans from the state, who lost their lives in Thursday's attack. One member each of families will also be given a government job, as per their qualification.

Feb 15, 2019 - 19:06 (IST)

India briefs P5 nation envoys on Pulwama attack

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met envoys of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and apprised them of Pakistan's role in the Pulwama attack.

Feb 15, 2019 - 19:03 (IST)
Youth Congress workers protest near Pakistan High Commission
 
Activists of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Friday protested near the Pakistan High Commission against the terror attack in Pulwama and demanded that India shut down the neighbouring country's diplomatic mission in Delhi.
 
Around 100 Youth Congress workers assembled at Teen Murti Marg and raised slogans against Pakistan.

Feb 15, 2019 - 18:52 (IST)
Maharashtra govt announces aid for kin of 2 slain jawans
Maharashtra chief minister​ Devendra Fadnavis announced financial aid of Rs 50 lakh each to the families of two CRPF jawans — Sanjay Rajput and Nitin Rathod — who were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack. Fadnavis made the announcement in Sangli district where he is on an official visit.

Feb 15, 2019 - 18:36 (IST)

Representatives of several diplomatic missions arrive at MEA office

Representatives from Germany, Hungary, Italy, European Union, Canada, Britain, Russia, Israel, Australia and Japan arrived at the Ministry of External Affairs to discuss Pulwama attack.

Representatives from South Korea, Sweden, Slovakia, France, Spain and Bhutan were also present. The meeting started at 6 pm.

Feb 15, 2019 - 18:30 (IST)

University of Jammu postpones all exams on 16 February

All the examinations which were going to be conducted in University of Jammu on 16 Feberuary have been postponed due to violent protests and arson in the city after the highway attack which claimed the lives of 49 CRPF personnel.

“All the examinations to be conducted on 16 February, 2019 (Saturday) stand postponed, due to unavoidable circumstances. Fresh dates shall be notified later on,”said Dr Vinay Thusoo, Jammu University spokesperson.

Feb 15, 2019 - 18:24 (IST)

Our jawans will ensure India's enemies get strong rejoinder, says Piyush Goyal

Condemning the Pulwama attack, Union minister Piyush Goyal said, "Our armed forces and people of India are competent to give a befitting reply to such forces. Our jawans will ensure that forces which are enemy to India's interest get a strong rejoinder and people of India will continue to give confidence to them."

Feb 15, 2019 - 18:18 (IST)

South Korea condemns Pulwama attack

The South Korean foreign ministry said in a statement: "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."

Feb 15, 2019 - 18:04 (IST)

All party meeting at 11am tomorrow

In wake of the Pulwama attack, the government has called an all-party meeting on Saturday at the Parliament library.

Feb 15, 2019 - 17:47 (IST)

Rajnath Singh meets injured CRPF jawans

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Governor Satya Pal Malik are visiting the injured CRPF jawans at the hospital.

Pulwama terror attack Latest Updates: Representatives of several missions, including Germany, Hungary, Italy, European Union, Canada, Britain, Russia, Israel, Australia and Japan, arrived at the Ministry of External Affairs to discuss Pulwama attack. The high-level meeting began at 6 pm.

The Narendra Modi government has called an all-party meeting at 11 am on Saturday over the Pulwama attack. After holding a high-level security meeting in Srinagar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the injured CRPF jawans in the hospital. "We stand with the bereaved families. This will not deter our courage. We will not allow terrorists from across border to succeed," he said.

In its report after the Pulwama attack, CRPF told MHA that civil vehicles are not stopped when a convoy passes. It also informed that the CRPF buses offer no protection from bullets or IEDs.

After imposition of curfew in whole Jammu district, the army carried out flag march in the volatile Gujjar nagar area where protesters went on a rioting spree damaging cars.

The Aligarh Muslim University has suspended Kashmiri student Basin Hilal for posting "highly-objectionable comments" on social media over Thursday's attack. Hilal had posted a tweet saying, "How's the Jaish? Great Sir."

According to reports, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has been called to Delhi for consultations in the wake of Thursday's attack. Union minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh shouldered the remains of a CRPF soldier in Budgam as the bodies of 42 soldiers killed in the attack were being sent to Delhi. Meanwhile, the prime minister is expected to arrive at Delhi's Palam airport to pay homage to the slain soldiers.

A concoction of commonly available chemicals like urea and household acids, known as Super 30 was apparently used in the IED blast which claimed the lives of 42 soldiers, CNN-News18 quoted experts as saying.

According to sources, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood to the Ministry of External Affairs today at 2 pm and issued a very strong demarche in connection with the terrorist attack in Pulwama on Thursday. Gokhale told Mahmood that Pakistan must take immediate and verifiable action against the Jaish-e-Mohammad and that it must immediately stop any groups or individuals associated with terrorism operating from its territories.

Pakistan's People Party lawmaker Sherry Rehman took to Twitter on Friday after the Pakistan foreign office released a statement condemning India's "insinuations" on Islamabad's involvement in the Pulwama terror attack and said, "Modi’s India is escalating its response to a heinous #KashmirTerrorAttack by premising Pakistan’s hand in it. Yet Islamabad makes no gains from such an attack. Instead of a political response to years of brutal repression in Kashmir, hysteria is being amplified against Pakistan."

Addressing a gathering in Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated condemnation for the Pulwama terrorist attack which killed 42 CRPF jawans on Thursday. "A grateful nation bows to the martyrs of Pulwama," Modi said. "A befitting reply will be given to the perpetrators of the heinous attack and their patrons. No force will succeed in disturbing peace, progress and stability of India," the prime minister further added.

China on Friday condemned the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suicide bomber but once again declined to back India's appeal to list the Pakistan based terror group's chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.

"WE WILL NOT FORGET, WE WILL NOT FORGIVE:We salute our martyrs of Pulwama attack and stand with the families of our martyr brothers. This heinous attack will be avenged.(sic)," Central Reserve Police Force tweeted on Friday.

NSA Ajit Doval has held discussions with all the security forces and agencies on the attack in Pulwama. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will also reach Kashmir in some time, where he will hold security review meetings.

The devastated families of CRPF personnel killed in the attack have on;y request, that those who mass murdered their sons should be punished. Ratan Thakur's father, who hails from Bhagalpur in Bihar said: "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."

Massive number of people reached the residence of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant Adil Ahmad Dar alias Waqas Commando on 14th of February who attacked the CRPF convoy at Lethpora for funeral prayers. The place is near awantipora town of district Pulwama.

Union Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Ministry of External Affairs will take all efforts to internationally isolate Pakistan. He also said that India will increase efforts for finalising the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, which has been stuck for a long time, to ensure comprehensive action against Pakistan.

Pulwama terror attack updates MEA holds highlevel meeting with representatives of over 15 countries

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. Reuters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "The forces behind this act of terrorism and those responsible for it, will be definitely be punished. This was a huge mistake on their part. We are going to intensify every effort to crush terrorism."

The most favoured nation status granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn, Union minister Arun Jaitley announced after the Cabinet Committee on Security meeting.

India could immediately announce number of diplomatic measures against Pakistan as a response to Pulwama terror attack after the CCS ends today. On the table would be options like lowering the diplomatic ties with Pakistan drastically. There could be also decision on scrapping the entire Kartarpur corridor. Apart from the military steps will also be considered, however, any announcement in this regard is unlikely to be made public.

Adil Ahmad Dar, who bombed the CRPF convoy, was a local resident who lived just 10 kilometre away from the place where the attack took place. His photo and videos emerged soon after the deadly attack, the worst in decades.

"My name is Adil, I joined the Jaish e Mohammad a year ago. After a year's wait, I have got the chance to do what I joined the Jaish for... By the time this video reaches you, I will be in heaven... this is my last message for the people of Kashmir," Adil Ahmad says in the video, as part of an anti-India rant.

Indian Air Force's C-17 Globemaster to go to Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar from Hindon to get the remains of CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack.

The Cabinet Committee on Security meeting has started in New Delhi. The Cabinet is expected to explore options — diplomatic or military — for the next course of action for a response. The meeting will be attended by Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the NSA and other officials. Rajnath will later head to Kashmir.

Pakistan has condemned the terror attack in Kashmir Valley. However, it distanced itself from the incident stating, "We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to State of Pakistan without investigations." China, meanwhile, is yet to react on the strike which was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Jitendra Singh Minister of State(MoS) Prime Minister's Office said, "Not only Pakistan-based forces, but those with vested interests within India are also responsible for such an attack. People with vested interests are operating out of the Valley against India's interests."

The prime minister will hold the Cabinet Committee on Security meeting on Friday morning at 9.15 am to discuss the terrorist attack and the security situation in the state. The Cabinet is expected to explore options — diplomatic or military — for the next course of action for a response. The meeting will be attended by Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the NSA and other officials.

The Jaish-a-Mohammed (JeM) claiming responsibility of Thursday's terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir has raised questions over the role of the Pakistan spy agency, ISI, in the gruesome strike, a former CIA analyst and South Asian expert said.

Just two days before the devastating attack on the CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan-based anti-India terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad had uploaded a video online hinting at the modus operandi of the upcoming atack. Sources said the appearance of the video was reported to the intelligence agencies but no action was taken.

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district, officials said.

The CRPF headquarters in Delhi issued a statement late night to state the figures even as CRPF officials and Jammu and Kashmir police sources had earlier put the death toll at 39.

"We regret to inform that 37 personnel attained martyrdom and five personnel were injured in the ID blast at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir. The injured are being treated at the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar," the CRPF statement said.

More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force 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 an estimated 39-44 personnel were travelling, head-on, an official at the spot said.

"There are no survivors from the bus," he said, adding that they were yet to ascertain exactly how many people were on the bus.

JeM claimed the terrorist drove the SUV carrying 350 kg of explosives. However, army and other security agencies disputed the claim and said it was a mere propaganda.

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.

"The bodies are dismembered and mutilated making it difficult for doctors to give the exact number of casualties," a senior security establishment official told PTI in Delhi.

The bus that was the focus of the attack belongs to the 76th battalion of the force. "It was a large convoy and about 2,500 personnel were travelling in multiple vehicles. Some shots were also fired at the convoy," CRPF DG R R Bhatnagar told PTI.

The Cabinet Committee on Security will meet Friday morning to discuss the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir against the backdrop of the attack, sources said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and top officials after the attack, termed it despicable and asserted that the sacrifices of security personnel will not go in vain.

In a statement , Singh said the government is determined to foil the designs of those who want to disrupt peace through such a terror attack "sponsored and sheltered by Pakistan". "Jaish-e-Mohammed has carried out this terror attack. We assure the country that we will undertake whatever it takes to avenge this," he said.

His deputy Kiren Rijiju said the "cowardly" attack will not go unpunished and it will be avenged in "all way possible". The convoy had started from Jammu around 3.30 am and was supposed to reach Srinagar before sunset, officials said.

The number of personnel travelling back to the Valley was high as there was no movement on the highway for the last two to three days because of bad weather and other administrative reasons, they said.

Usually, about 1,000 personnel are part of a convoy but this time it was a total of 2,547 personnel. A road opening party was deployed and the convoy had armoured counter-terror vehicles, officials said.

As news of the magnitude of the attack came in, political leaders from across the spectrum spoke out in condemnation and to condole the deaths of the security personnel. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he was deeply disturbed by the cowardly attack on the convoy in which so many CRPF men were killed.

Stating that he was "pained beyond words", BJP chief Amit Shah described the terror strike as an "act of cowardice" and asserted that security forces will defeat those involved in terrorist activities.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the attack in the strongest terms.

Singh, who also spoke to Governor Satya Pal Malik and took stock of the situation, cancelled his engagements in Bihar on Friday. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba cut short his visit to Bhutan.

A team of National Investigation Agency and National Security Guards will leave for Kashmir Friday morning to assist in the investigation.

This was the first suicide car bomb attack in Kashmir since the 2001 strike on the Legislative Assembly in which 41 people, including three suicide attackers, were killed.

The scene of Thursday's attack is not very far from the Commando Training Centre at Lethpora, which was stormed by Jaish militants on December 31, 2017, killing five CRPF personnel.

The Srinagar-Jammu national highway has been a favoured route for militants to target security forces.

The CRPF bore the brunt of a militant attack at Pampore, less than seven km from Lethpora, in June 2016, losing eight jawans while 22 others sustained injuries.

In an attack on the Uri military base in September 2016, Jaish militants killed 18 Army jawans and injured dozens of others. The ferocity of the attack led to India conducting a surgical strike against Pakistan.

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