Sacrifices won’t go in vain: Modi
Rajnath reviews situation, visiting Kashmir today
NEW DELHI, Feb 14: President Ram Nath Kovind today condemned the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district and said the entire nation stands united in the fight against the forces of terror and evil.
He also wished speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.
“Strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Pulwama, J&K. Thoughts and prayers with the families of martyrs and wishing an early recovery to those injured. The entire nation stands united in the fight against the forces of terror and evil,” he tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the attack on CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama as despicable and asserted that the sacrifices of security personnel will not go in vain.
He also spoke with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other top officials in the wake of the attack which left 44 CRPF personnel dead.
“Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain,” he tweeted.
He said the entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of those personnel killed in the attack. He also wished for the speedy recovery of those injured.
“Spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh Ji and other top officials regarding the situation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama,” he said.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today assured the people of the country that the terror attack on a CRPF bus in Jammu and Kashmir, carried out by Pakistan-sponsored Jaish-e-Mohammed, will be avenged.
In a statement, he said the central 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.
Singh will be visiting Srinagar Friday to take stock of the situation.
He will also hold review meetings with senior security and police officials to make ground level assessment and review further operational actions.
Singh has cancelled all his political engagements in Bihar Friday.
He called up Governor Satya Pal Malik, who apprised him about the prevailing situation in the State. Singh also spoke to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain and Director General of CRPF R R Bhatnagar and gave them necessary instructions, a Home Ministry official said.
In a tweet, Singh said, “Today’s dastardly attack on CRPF in Pulwama (J&K) is extremely painful and disturbing. I bow to each and every CRPF jawan who has sacrificed his life in service to the nation. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.”
The Home Ministry is also closely monitoring the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is currently under the President’s rule.
BJP president Amit Shah has termed the terror attack as an “act of cowardice” and asserted that security forces will defeat those involved in terrorist activities.
“Pained beyond words by the terror attack on our soldiers in Pulwama (J&K). It is an act of cowardice. My deepest condolences are with the families of our soldiers who have lost their lives. Our forces will remain firm against such acts of terror and defeat them,” he said in a tweet.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi condoled the killing of CRPF personnel in the terror attack and said it had left him “deeply disturbed”.
“I’m deeply disturbed by the cowardly attack on a #CRPF convoy in J&K in which many of our brave CRPF men have been martyred and a large number wounded, some critically. My condolences to the families of our martyrs. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” he tweeted.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has also condoled the killing of CRPF personnel and demanded that the Government take concrete steps to ensure such terror attacks do not happen in the future.
The AICC general secretary in-charge Uttar Pradesh East also said there is a need to reflect and be concerned about the “high number” of casualties in Kashmir.
She expressed her deepest condolences to the families of the 44 security personnel killed in a terror attack in Pulwama.
“I can very well understand the pain and grief of losing a loved one in the family,” Gandhi said in a statement.
Condemning the terror attack, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today asked whether the incident would be an eye-opener for Kashmir-centric politicians, who are “always apologetic” on such occasions.
He termed the dastardly attack on CRPF personnel as a desperate act by terrorists on the run.
“Dastardly attack on CRPF personnel is a desperate act by terrorists on the run. While the entire nation solidarily stands with the Indian security forces, will this also be an eye opener for Kashmir-centric politicians who are always apologetic on such occasions,” Dr Jitendra tweeted.
“While the entire nation solidarily stands with the Indian security forces, will this also be an eye opener for Kashmir-centric politicians who are always apologetic on such occasions?”, he asked.
The Sanghparivar fountainhead RSS condemned the unprecedented terror attack and urged upon the BJP-led dispensation in the Centre to take urgent steps against those responsible.
“Atankvad par kaste hue shikanj ki bokhlahat aur nirasha hi is ghatna se ssaf dikhai deti hae (This attack reflects the frustration of terrorists over the steps taken to tighten the noose on those indulging in such acts),” senior RSS leader Suresh Joshi said in a tweet.
He said, the Government should act firmly and quickly to take action against the wrong doers.
“RSS stands with the forces and the Government at this hour of challenge. We convey our respect to the martyred soldiers and also express condolences to the bereaved families,” he wrote. (Agencies)