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Pulwama attack: Cabinet Committee meet ends, NIA, NSG teams leave for J&K

After the meeting Rajnath Singh left for Srinagar to take stock of the situation and hold review meetings with senior security, while, a 12-membered National Investigation Agency (NIA) team has also been deployed to assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the spot.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 15 Feb 2019 6:01 AM GMT

Pulwama attack: Cabinet Committee meet ends, NIA, NSG teams leave for J&K
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New Delhi: After the traumatic terror attack of Pulwama, Jammu Kashmir, a Cabinet Committee meeting on Security was called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence, on Friday.

The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and was chaired by PM Modi.

After the meeting Rajnath Singh left for Srinagar to take stock of the situation and hold review meetings with senior security, while, a 12-membered National Investigation Agency (NIA) and National Security Guard (NSG) teams have also been deployed to assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the spot.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Srinagar and police officials to make ground level assessment and review further operational actions.

On Thursday, a suicide bomber had rammed a SUV carrying 350 kg of explosives into a bus carrying the CRPF troopers in the deadliest attack on security forces in decades in the valley region.

The Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Highlights from the Cabinet meeting:

-Ministry of External Affairs will initiate all possible diplomatic steps to ensure complete isolation of Pakistan from the international community.

-Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley brief media on the meeting on Cabinet Committee on Security.

-NSG, NIA teams leave for J&K to join probe into Pulwama terror attack

-The decision to send the teams was taken in view of the high number of casualties in the worst terror strike in the state since the Uri attack in 2016.

- The highest number of martyred is from UP, 12 soldiers died.

-Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting at Prime Minister's residence.

-Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Madhya Pradesh has been cancelled.

-Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have arrived at Prime Minister's residence for the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is also present.

-The father of a CRPF Personnel who was killed in the attack in Pulwama has called for a befitting reply to Pakistan.

-"I have sacrificed a son in Mother India's service, I will send my other son as well to fight, ready to give him up for Mother India, but Pakistan must be given a befitting reply," Ratan Thakur's father was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

-The White House asked Pakistan to immediately end "support" and "safe haven" to all terror groups as it strongly condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack.

-"The United States 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," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a late night statement on Thursday.

-"This attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counter terrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India," she said in a strongly-worded statement issued by the White House.

-Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has returned from Sweden. She will attend the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security at 9:15 AM.

-Five worst terrorist attacks in Kashmir during NDA rule: Congress

-The five worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir took place during NDA rule, Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said today.

-Arun Jaitley, who had passed on the charge of the Finance Ministry while receiving medical treatment in US, has resumed office. Mr Jaitley will attend a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security today to discuss the terror attack in Pulwama.

-Attack on CRPF in #Pulwama, J&K is a cowardice & condemnable act of terrorists. Nation salutes martyred soldiers and we all stand united with families of martyrs. We pray for speedy recovery of the injured. Terrorists will be given unforgettable lesson for their heinous act.

-PM Modi has called a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today to discuss the security situation in the state against the backdrop of the attack.

-The meeting is expected to begin at 9:15 am.

-PM Modi had tweeted yesterday that the "sacrifices" of the security personnel will "not go in vain".

-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. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly.

-Jaish had warned of a suicide attack in Kashmir just two days ago: Sources

-Sources said the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, had warned of a suicide attack in Kashmir just two days ago.

-The mode of attack was indicated by a video they had uploaded online.

-The video showed an attack in Afghanistan, wherein an explosive-laden vehicle used.

-A Mahindra Scorpio SUV carrying 350 kg of explosives was used in the attack.

The horrific and biggest terror attack on Indian security, killing nearly 45 CRPF personnels, took place on February 14 when terrorists detonated car bomb while a convoy of 78 vehicles with over 2,500 CRPF men was on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. The injured were moved to the army base hospital in Srinagar, 20 km from the attack site.

Saima Siddiqui

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