India grieves its bravehearts

The extent of the concern and anguish of the people across the entire country over the gruesome terror attack and the consequent martyrdom of the bravehearts of the CRPF continues to be unabated and the Prime Minister has made it clear to Pakistan that such attacks were not going to weaken India, not even in the least, and those responsible for the inexcusable act had to pay a very heavy price. Heavy turnout of people was seen, especially the youth, holding tricolour in hands and chanting slogans in respect of the martyred braves at their respective native places both at the time of receiving by family members of bodies of their loved ones in coffins wrapped in the tricolour as well as at the spots where last rites were being performed. Patriotic slogans and those of avenging the dastardly act rent the air which was also replete with tearful adieu and chocked with emotions.
The Prime Minister, while paying tributes to the martyred CRPF jawans at AFS Palam in New Delhi made it clear that security forces would be given a free hand to deal with the terrorists. The Pakistan based notorious terror group Jaish-e- Mohammed, it may be recalled, had claimed responsibility for the dastardly strike on the convoy of 78 vehicles that was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar.
A changed India and a determined India, the Cabinet Committee on Security which met on Saturday morning decided to withdraw ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status to Pakistan. In other words, goods coming in India from Pakistan would be costly as the decision meant an increase in customs duty thereon. It sounds strange that although India had unilaterally sanctioned the Most Favoured Nation to Pakistan in 1996, yet that country had not reciprocated at all.
On the other hand, sending an unambiguous message to the entire world that heterogeneity in political thought and belief was not a dividing force but a unifying force in India when the issue pertained to nation and national security; the entire opposition firmly resolved that they were one with the Government and the security forces. The All Party meeting convened in New Delhi in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack passed a resolution to this effect. The resolution said that terrorism in India was being actively encouraged by the forces from across the border and India had displayed resilience and firmness in dealing with these challenges. The meeting was chaired by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh who informed that the Government was committed to free Jammu and Kashmir of terror and violence.
Meanwhile, we would also like to make an appeal to all responsible citizens to maintain communal harmony at all costs and thwart all attempts to disturb the situation.