World condemns Kashmir terror attack

World condemns Kashmir terror attack
(L-R) Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi pay tribute to the martyred jawans at AFS Palam in Delhi. (PTI)
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/15/2019 12:08:14 PM IST

Pak should immediately end BACKING terror groups: US

The international community has strongly condemned the terror attack by the Paakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 45 CRPF personnel, with US President Donald Trump asking Pakistan to “end immediately” the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil.

“The US 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. This attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counter-terrorism cooperation and coordination between the US and India,” Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday also denounced the attack, hoping that “relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability”.

It added that the “JeM has been included in the UN Security Council terrorism sanctions list and that China will continue to handle the relevant sanctions issue in a constructive and responsible manner”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the “brutal crime” and said that “the perpetrators and sponsors of the attack, undoubtedly, should be duly punished”. Putin reiterated Moscow’s “readiness for further strengthening counter-terrorist cooperation with Indian partners”.

The European Union in a statement said that “as a strategic partner of India, the EU reaffirms its full solidarity at such a difficult moment”. Saudi Arabia also denounced the “cowardly” attack and said it stands with India against terrorism and extremism.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said her country “remains steadfast in its support of the global fight against terrorism,” reaffirming a resolve “to prevent radicalization and defeat terrorism in all its forms”. Indonesia and Australia also slammed the attack.

Meanwhile, in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, ministers, tri-services chiefs and other leaders paid their last respects to the martyrs.

India summons PHC

India on Friday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner (PHC) Sohail Mahmood and lodged a strong protest over the Pulwama terror attack that claimed the lives of 45 CRPF troopers in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale summoned Mahmood to the MEA at 2 p.m. and issued a “very strong demarche” in connection with the terror attack. Gokhale also rejected the statement made by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry denying any involvement in the worst suicide attack ever.

Intel inputs ignored

The Kashmir Police on February 8 had sent an intelligence input to the CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, Army and the Air Force warning of a possible IED attack, according to a letter written by the state police Inspector General.

It is not known why despite the early warning, the CRPF allowed its 78-vehicle convoy carrying 2,547 security personnel to go from the transit camp in Jammu to Srinagar -- a 270-km stretch. 

Marked as “Extremely Urgent”, the letter accessed by IANS was sent on behalf of the IGP, Kashmir, informing all security agencies to “sanitize areas properly before occupying your place or deployment as there are inputs that IEDs could be used”.

Officials said the reason why so many CRPF personnel were on the move at one go was because the Srinagar-Jammu highway had been shut for the past two days due to bad weather. The convoy left Jammu before dawn.

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