Modi says Pakistan will pay ‘huge price’ for Kashmir bombing
The country has made a “huge mistake” for its “huge price”.
Speaking about a meeting of the Cabinet Committee
on Security, Narendra Modi said that the “forces
behind the attack and the people who are responsible for it, will certainly be punished for their crimes”.
He added that India’s security forces had given “full freedom” to respond to the attack
Mr Modi was reacting to claims from the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), that was carried out on an attack on a paramilitary convoy on the outskirts of Kashmir’s
India’s foreign office demanded that Islamabad take “immediate and verifiable action” against the JeM
New Delhi has also withdrawn the trade privileges extended to Pakistan under their long-standing
Most Favored Nation (MFN) agreement as part of “diplomatically isolating” Islamabad, said senior federal minister Arun Jaitley
Pakistan, however, has dismissed all Indian charges of any involvement in the bombing, which it said was a “matter of grave concern”.
Over 2,700 Central Reserve Police Force paramilitary personnel were travelling to Srinagar in a 78-vehicle convoy when a 22-year old suicide bomber, identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, rammed his car
packed with over 125bs of plastic explosives into one of the stationary busses.
Police officials said Dar, a school dropout who had earlier worked in a sawmill near Srinagar, was
reported missing since late last year
The JeM has been active in Kashmir since its founding in 2000 and India holds it responsible for attacking its parliament building in New Delhi in 2001, an assault that brought the nuclear-armed neighbours to the brink of war.
The JeM has been designated a ‘terrorist’ organisation by the UN, UK and the US, and even, under foreign pressure, proscribed in Pakistan since 2002.
But its founder, cleric Masood Azhar, freely roams the country, holding public meetings and fund-
Indian efforts to have Azhar designated an international terrorist have long been been blocked by Pakistan’s close strategic ally China.
India claims Pakistan, which seized a third of Kashmir after independence in 1947 and lays claim to the rest, fuels the disputed province’s 30-year Muslim insurgency for an independent homeland in which over 70,000 people had died.
Pakistan denies Indian allegations, saying it only provided Kashmiri separatists’ moral and diplomatic support for their cause.
The two neighbours have fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir.
And in 1999, soon after both became nuclear weapon states, their two
armies clashed in Kashmir’s Himalayan Kargil region for 11-weeks resulting in 1,200 soldiers dying on both sides.
Meanwhile, India’s principal Opposition Congress Party, virulently opposed to Modi’s Hindu
nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government, has offered its unequivocal support to the administration to deal with the crisis posed by the terror strike
The authorities have also imposed curfew in Kashmir’s winter capital Jammu following violent protests that erupted in the city over the terror attack.