New Delhi: In a first in its five-year tenure, the NDA Government convened an all-party meeting on Saturday to discuss the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans and left many battling for their lives.
The meeting ended with the passing of a resolution that strongly condemned such terrorist activities.
Soon after the meeting, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said his party was on the same page as the Centre as far as the fight against terrorism was concerned, be it J-K or any part of the country.
The meeting was convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Singh had flown to J-K on Friday to assess the security situation in the wake of one of the deadliest terror attacks in the state. The agenda would be to seek consensus on the nation’s future course of action.
Invitations for the meeting to be held at the Parliament library have been extended to all major political parties. The Government will brief the parties about the attack in Pulwama and the steps taken so far, a Home Ministry official said.
The last time an all-party meeting was held, was soon after the 2016 surgical strikes across the LoC. However, the Government had then just briefed the representatives of parties and it wasn’t a consultation.
The decision to get all parties on board was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had mentioned earlier that such a meeting would be convened to brief political parties on the incident so that the nation is unanimous on the issue.
The CCS had also met over the Pulwama attack and the possible steps to be taken. On Thursday, 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in J-K when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus.
The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said those responsible for the attack will pay “a very heavy price” and security forces will be given a free hand to deal with terrorists.