New Delhi: The Congress has condemned Thursday’s Pulwama terror attack. Addressing media, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, “This is a terrible tragedy. This type of violence against our soldiers is absolutely disgusting. We are all standing together with our jawans. No force can divide or break this country.”
Calling it a time of mourning, Rahul said his party stood with the Centre on this. “We are fully supporting the Government of India and our security forces. We are not going to get into any other conversation apart from this.”
Senior party leader and former prime minister Manmohan Singh added, “Today is the day of mourning. Our country has lost close to 40 armed forces jawans and our foremost duty is to convey to their families that we are with them. We shall never compromise with the terrorist forces.”
Meanwhile, BJP’s former ally PDP has slammed the party for the way it has handled the situation. Taking to Twitter, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti said, “Post attacks, BJP Pres spoke abt building Ram Mandir. A Minister flew to Chennai to negotiate a political alliance. Heights of insensitivity. Acting out dialogues from the movie Uri doesn’t count. Instead of comforting these families, they are busy canvassing. Double standards.”
In a diplomatic offensive, India has withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation status given to Pakistan.
Meanwhile, speaking at the launch of Vande Bharat Express, PM Modi also assured the nation that those behind this inhuman act will be punished in the strongest way.
“Our neighbour thinks that by doing such crimes on our soil, they can weaken us, but they will have to pay a hefty price for it. We will teach them a lesson,” he said.