International community condemns Pulwama attack, stands in support of India





Several countries from across the globe stood in support of India in the wake of a deadly terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that killed 40 security personnel.

The convoy comprised of 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. A bus, in which 42 CRPF personnel were travelling, was extensively damaged in the blast which was followed by firing on the vehicle.

From Bangladesh, Israel ato the US, all expressed their condolences over the deaths of the CRPF personnel in the suicide attack claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) an outfit based in Pakistan.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her condolences over the Pulwama attack, adding that Dhaka remained committed to fighting terrorism and continue to maintain a zero-tolerance policy against terrorist activities.

“At this sad moment, we stand by the people and government of India. We offer was condolences to the members of the families who lost their dear ones. Our thoughts and prayers are speedy recovery of those who got injured,” Hasina said.

“Bangladesh remains steadfast in its commitment against terrorism of all forms and maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any kind of terrorist activities. We would continue to work and cooperate with international community including India to eradicate the menace of terrorism,” she added.

Spokesperson for Afghanistan’s interior ministry Sediq Seddiqi condemned the heinous attack in Pulwama.

“While strongly condemning the heinous #KashmirTerrorAttack on CRPF personnel, we stand united with India to combat terrorism in any form as we have done it as a nation in the past 18 years,” he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences over the death of the security personnel and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

“Please accept my most sincere condolences in connection with the death of Indian law enforcement officers as a result of the terrorist act in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We strongly condemn this brutal crime. Perpetrators and sponsors of this attack, should be punished,” Putin said in a statement.

“I would like to confirm the readiness for the further strengthening of counter-terrorism cooperation with our Indian partners. Russia shares the grief of the friendly people of India and hopes for the speedy recovery of the injured,” he added.

Echoing similar sentiments, France’s ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler also condemned the heinous attack and reiterated that France would collaborate with India in its fight against terrorism.

“France most firmly condemns the heinous attack perpetrated in Jammu and Kashmir. Our thoughts go out to the families of the fallen soldiers. France has always been and always will be by India’s side in the fight against terrorism in all its forms,” he tweeted.

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih expressed his condolences and condemned the terror attack.

“I strongly condemn the deadly terrorist attack in Kashmir today killing at least 40 people. We send our thoughts and prayers to those affected. The Maldives will continue to work with India and the international community to combat terrorism in our region and the world at large,” he tweeted.

Thailand’s ambassador to India Sam Chutintorn Gongsakdi too condemned the attack.

“The Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir on Central Reserve Police Force personnel and express our condolences to the families & loved ones of those affected by this act of violence & cowardice. We stand by India,” he wrote on the micro-blogging site.

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the attack and wished for speedy recovery to those injured.

“We in #SriLanka strongly condemn the attack against Indian security forces in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen soldiers, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who are injured. @MEAIndia @SLinIndia @IndiainSL #lka,” the ministry tweeted.

Israel’s ambassador to India Ron Malka condemned the terror attack and said that Israel stood by India during the difficult hour.

“Israel strongly condemns the terror attack in #Pulwama and stands by our Indian friends during this difficult hour. We send our deepest condolences to the CPRF and their families, the people of India and the Indian government following the terrible,” he tweeted.

Furthermore, the foreign ministries of Czech Republic and Germany expressed their condolences over the deaths of the 40 CRPF personnel and said they stood with India in its fight against terrorism.

“The Czech Republic strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack perpetrated in Jammu & Kashmir. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of the victims. The Czech Republic will stand by India’s side in the fight against terrorism in all its forms,” Czech Republic’s foreign ministry tweeted.

“Horrible terror attack on a police convoy in the Indian State of #Jammu&Kashmir: at least 40 police personnel reportedly killed, many injured. We condemn terrorism in all its forms. Germany stands by its strategic partner #India,” German foreign ministry wrote on the micro-blogging site.

Echoing similar sentiments, Canadian High commissioner in India Nadir Patel condemned the cowardly terrorist attack.

“Our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today’s cowardly terrorist attack in #Pulwama. Canada strongly condemns this attack, and stands with India in the fight against terrorism. #KashmirTerrorAttack #Pulwamaattack @MEAIndia @IndianDiplomacy @CanadainIndia,” he tweeted.

In the US, Congressmen Tom Suozzi and Raja Krishnamoorthi tweeted their condolences.

“I strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Jammu-Kashmir today, the deadliest strike on Indian soldiers in 30 years. The United States stands strongly with India and I send my condolences to the families of the victims,” Suozzi wrote on his Twitter handle.

“I condemn the terrorist attack in Pulwama in the strongest terms, and I send my heartfelt condolences to the victims of this attack and all those touched by it. We must all stand united against terrorism,” said Krishnamoorthi.

Around 2,500 personnel were travelling in 78 vehicles which were part of the convoy when the incident occurred.

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