Coming down heavily on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that those behind the Pulwama terror attack have committed a “grave mistake” and they will “punished”.
“If our neighbour, which is totally isolated in the world, thinks it can destabilise India through its tactics and conspiracies, then it is making a big mistake,” the Prime Minister said.
“I want to tell terrorist organisations and their guardians that they have done a grave mistake. Those behind the attack will be punished for their actions,” Modi said here while flagging off the Delhi-Varanasi high-speed Vande Bharat Express train.
Paying tributes to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack, he said, “Our security forces have been given full freedom (to carry out anti-terror operations). We have full faith in their bravery.”
Modi also thanked the countries which have supported India and condemned this incident in the strongest of terms. “A strong reply will be given to this attack,” he said.
At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed after a suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a bus carrying them on Thursday.
The bus was extensively damaged in the blast, which was followed by firing on the vehicle.
Soon after, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which is based in Pakistan and backed by the Pakistani administration, claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was carried out by its suicide bomber.A
After the dastardly act, India demanded that the UN ban JeM and its chief Masood Azhar who roams freely in Pakistan.
In a statement, India’s External Affairs Ministry said all UN member countries should support a proposal for proscribing Azhar as an international terrorist.