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Pulwama attack HIGHLIGHTS: Rajnath Singh hits out at ‘elements’ in Valley funded by ISI, Pakistan

Kashmir Pulwama Terror Attack LIVE News Updates: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale today summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood and asked him to initiate immediate action against Jaish-e-Mohammad.

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CRPF jawans on patrol near the site of an explosion in Pampore, Jammu-Kashmir. (File/AP )

Kashmir Pulwama Terror Attack LIVE News Updates:  India on Friday issued a very strong demarche to Pakistan in connection with the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in which 40 security personnel lost their lives in south Kashmir’s Pulwama yesterday. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood and asked him to initiate immediate action against Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based terror outfit, which has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier in the day, a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took stock of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and decided to take diplomatic action to isolate Pakistan on an international level. Briefing reporters after attending the CCS meet, senior Cabinet minister Arun Jaitley announced that the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan stands withdrawn.

PM Modi, at an event, also said that those who committed the heinous act will pay “a heavy price”.  “To all my colleagues, in ruling and Opposition, it’s a sensitive time. We need to speak in one voice because this battle is for us to win,” he said.

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Pak summons Indian Deputy High Commissioner, rejects claims of link to Pulwama attack

According to PTI, Pakistan today summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a protest against India's allegation of its role in the brutal Pulwama terrorist attack. Though the Foreign Office has not issued any statement, sources said the FO summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and rejected "baseless allegations made by India" against Pakistan on the Pulwama attack. A short video clip of the Indian diplomat leaving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also circulating in the social media.

PM Modi arrives at Palam airport

PM Modi has arrived at the venue to pay his tribute to the slain soldiers.

Bodies to be flown to Delhi

The bodies of  the slain jawans will be flown to New Delhi where PM Modi will pay them homage. 

Israel PM condemns Pulwama attack

Like Iran, why India must be wary of Pakistan-aided US-Taliban talks

A day before the attack on a CRPF convoy at Awantipora, Pulwama in which at least 40 jawans of the paramilitary force were killed — there was an almost identical attack in Iran’s Sistan-Balochistan province, which borders Pakistan. While there are no apparent connections between the two, there is no denying that the two groups — Jaish ul Adl and Jaish-e-Mohammed – that have each claimed responsibility for the respective attack are ideologically linked. Both have been mentored in Pakistan and both are based in Pakistan. Much like India has been asking Pakistan to shut down Jaish-e-Mohammed, Iran accuses Pakistan of sheltering the JuA and has repeatedly asked Islamabad to crack down against it. Read full piece here.

No civilian movement during passage of security forces' convoy: Rajnath

India won't tolerate terror: Rajnath Singh

The minister added, "Some elements are being funded by Pakistan and ISI. We won't tolerate terror. We will eliminate terror. People of Jammu and Kashmir are with us in our fight against terror."

Rajnath Singh addresses the media

Addressing the media, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "We stand with the families of the jawans. We salute the bravery of our martyrs. We will succeed in fighting terrorism. We have requested the state governments to help the families of the deceased." 

Foreign nations express solidarity with India; US pulls up Pakistan

Countries from across the globe, including the US, Russia, Australia, France, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, have condemned the brutal Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based JeM. Ibrahim Mohamad Solih, President of Maldives was among the first to deplore the attack saying, In a strongly-worded statement, the United States said the attack only strengthens the resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India. The US also called 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.” Read full story here.

India needs to take concrete action, says 26/11 hero's father

K Unnikrishnan, the father of 26/11 hero Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, said India needs to take concrete action to curb terror attacks, instead of hollow discussions and "political surgical strikes". Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan had attained martyrdom fighting terrorists on the third day of the Mumbai terror attacks. "What India needs is concrete action (to check terror attacks) and not hollow discussions and political surgical strikes," Unnikrishnan told PTI. He, however, said India should restrain from provoking the enemy if it cannot take precautionary measures or a total offensive approach.

MP Govt announces Rs 1 crore for martyr's family

The Madhya Pradesh government announced financial help of Rs one crore to the family of the CRPF jawan from the state killed in the terror attack. The martyr Ashwini Kumar Kachhi hailed from Khudawal village in Jabalpur district. The state government also announced a government job and a house to the jawan's kin. Chief Minister Kamal Nath said he salutes Ashwini Kumar Kachhi, the "brave son of Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district". "We are with the family members of the martyr in grief," he tweeted.

Shiv Sena demands joint session of Parliament to discuss Pulwama attack

Govt contacts Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan

Kumaraswamy consoles family of CRPF jawan killed

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy consoled the family of brave heart from Mandya, H Guru, who was killed in the incident. The chief minister instructed officials to speed up the process of compensation and directed them to verify the educational qualifications of Guru's wife so that she can be provided with a job by the government. "I spoke to martyred #CRPF soldier H Guru's family over the phone and consoled them. Their grief is heart-wrenching. We are with them. I have instructed officials to speed up the process of compensation. #Pulwama," Kumaraswamy tweeted.

Gehlot, Raje condemn Pulwama attack

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and former chief minister Vasundhara Raje Friday also condemned the Pulwama terror attack. Offering his condolences, Gehlot prayed for the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families, an official said. The veteran Congress leader also wished early recovery to those injured. Vasundhara Raje, on the other hand, in a tweet said: "Your martyrdom has filled tears in everyone's eyes but your bravery, valour and sacrifice has made every Indian proud."

Tripura CM condemns attack on CRPF convoy

Rajnath Singh, Guv Satya Pal Malik holds meeting in Srinagar

Telangana CM condemns terror attack on CRPF jawans

Telangana Chief Minister and TRS leader K Chandrashekhar Rao also condemned the attack on the CRPF jawans. In a statement, Rao said he was moved by the loss of lives and by those injured in the ghastly incident. The CM conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families and wished speedy recovery of the injured. He said the entire nation was in a state of mourning in this hour of grief and appealed to his party cadre not to celebrate his birthday falling on February 17.

Jharkhand CM announces Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia for family of slain jawan

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the family of a CRPF jawan from the state, who was among the 40 personnel killed in the attack yesterday. According to an official statement released by the state, the CM also promised a government job to a member of CRPF jawan Vijay Soreng's family. Condemning the attack, Das asserted that the country will continue its fight against terrorism. "Pakistan has been fighting a proxy terror war for over 50 years now. India has taken a pledge to fight till we win Our army is ready to face any situation" the statement said quoting the CM.

Watch: Rajnath Singh lends a shoulder to mortal remains of CRPF jawan

Bodies of slain CRPF personnel arrive in New Delhi


CRPF jawans fix black flags on a vehicle to carry the bodies of the slain jawans lifted from Kashmir at Palam airport in New Delhi on Friday. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

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The wreath laying ceremony at Budgam on Thursday. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

Rajnath Singh pays tribute to slain CRPF personnel

Rs 20 lakh each to kin of deceased: Tamil Nadu CM

According to ANI, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has announced a solatium of Rs 20 lakh each to the families of the two CRPF personnel from the state who lost their lives in the attack yesterday.

Rajnath Singh arrives in Srinagar for wreath laying ceremony

India asks Pakistan to initiate action against JeM

According to sources, Gokhale asked Mahmood to initiate immediate action against JeM and said Pakistan must stop the activities of groups or individuals promoting terrorism in its soil.

Pakistan High Commissioner summoned

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood was summoned at MEA over Pulwama attack. 

Amit Shah on Pulwama terror attack

"These are times when we all must come together and strengthen our resolve to make India stronger and safer. I appeal to the political class- let us rise above politics and show that we are together when it comes to matters of national security. Nothing matters above India!" Amit Shah tweeted.

"130 crore Indians stand in complete solidarity with the families of the courageous heroes who devoted their life in service of the nation. Generations to come will remember their valour. We pray the injured get well soon," the BJP chief said in another tweet.

Pakistan's lawmaker on Pulwama attack

Violence in parts of Jammu, 12 injured

Nearly a dozen people were injured and over half a dozen vehicles torched in Gujjar Nagar area of Jammu City as violence broke out during Jammu bandh on Friday morning.

The bandh was called by Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and it was touted by various political, social and religious organisations to protest the killing of at least 40 CRPF men in a militant attack in Kashmir’s Anantnag district. READ MORE

Violence in parts of Jammu, 12 injured

Nearly a dozen people were injured and over half a dozen vehicles torched in Gujjar Nagar area of Jammu City as violence broke out during Jammu bandh on Friday morning. 

Pulwama attack: UP govt announces ex-gratia to families of 12 jawans

The Uttar Pradesh government Friday announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 25 lakhs each to the families of the CRPF jawans of the state killed in the terror attack in Pulwama, news agency PTI reported.

12 jawans belonging to the state were killed in the Pulwama attack on Thursday.

Jammu and Kashmir: Locals protest in Kathua against Pakistan

Locals in Kathua protest against Pakistan

We will not forget, we will not forgive: CRPF

"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"

Rajnath Singh leaves for Srinagar

Rajnath Singh accompanied by Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, leaves for Srinagar.

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Security tightened at Pakistan High Commission in Delhi

In the wake of Pulwama attack, security has been tightened at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

Pulwama attack: Death toll mounts to 40

A total of 40 personnel have been killed in the Pulwama attack, IG CRPF Zulfikar Hassan confirmed.

Former PM Manmohan Singh on Pulwama attack

Today is a day of mourning. Our country has lost close to 40 jawans and our foremost duty is to convey to the families of those who have lost their lives and those seriously injured that we are with them in condemning this act of terrorism, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said. 

We will not compromise with terrorists and whatever the country requires, we will act as one nation, he said.

Our role today is to convey to soldiers and families our sympathies. The Congress party stands with them and we will do all that is necessary to keep this country united, Singh added.

Express photo: Prem Nath Pandey

This is a time of mourning, sadness, and respect: Rahul Gandhi

"This is a terrible tragedy. This type of violence done against our soldiers is absolutely disgusting. We are all standing together with our jawans."

"This is a time of mourning, sadness, and respect," Gandhi said. 

Opposition stands with our jawans and our government: Rahul Gandhi

"Aim of terrorism is to divide this country. We won't be divided even for a second. Opposition stands with our jawans and with our government," Congress President Rahul Gandhi said.

(Express photo: Prem Nath Pandey)
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On Thursday afternoon, at around 3.15 p.m militants targeted the CRPF convoy near Lethpora Awantipora on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. While CRPF initially said that it was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), police sources said it was a suicide bomber who rammed his car into the bus of 54 Battalion of CRPF.

In a telephonic call to a local news agency, Jaish said that a fidayeen militants of the outfit was driving the explosive-laden car. Jaish has identified the suicide bomber at Adil Ahmad, a resident of Gundi bagh in Pulwama.