New Delhi: A day after over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in the deadliest terror attack on security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, India lodged a strong protest against Pakistan and summoned its High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has reportedly issued a strong demarche in connection with the killing of soldiers and conveyed that Pakistan must take immediate action against terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed. Notably, the Pakistan-based terror group had yesterday claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Besides, Gokhale also dismissed the statement made by Pakistan Foreign Ministry with regards to the attack.

Earlier in the day, India launched a diplomatic offensive by announcing the withdrawal of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan in the wake of the terror attack and said it would take all steps to ensure the country’s isolation globally.

“The Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan stands revoked,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, speaking  to reporters after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 7 Lok Kalyan Mark residence in national capital.

About the attack

Over 40 CRPF jawans were killed and several others injured in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday when a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus they were travelling in. The Pakistan-based JeM claimed responsibility for dastardly attack in Lethpora. The vehicle was blown up on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district at around 3:15 PM.