United Nations:  The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the Pulwama terror attack in “strongest terms” and stressed on the need to bring those responsible for the “heinous and cowardly” strike to book. Also Read - PM Modi Dedicates Made-in-India Arjun Battle Tank to Army in Chennai, Launches Infra Projects Worth Several Crores

In a show of strong solidarity with India , days after Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) carried out the Pulwama attack, claiming lives of 40 CRPF personnel, the UNSC in its official statement named JeM while deploring the act. Also Read - Pulwama 2-year Anniversary: Netizens Remember Sacrifice of 40 CRPF Soldiers Who Were Martyred on February 14, 2019

The 15-nation body that also includes China in its press statement said, “The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in over 40 Indian paramilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, 2019, for which Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility,” Also Read - Mumbai Blasts Perpetrators Enjoying 5-Star Hospitality Under State Protection: Jaishankar at UNSC

It further read, “The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard.”

The UNSC members expressed their condolences to the families of the martyrs and wished speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.

Reiterating that terrorism in any form or act of violence is reprehensible, the statement also read, “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”

The condemnation by the UNSC comes just a day after Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi met top UN leaders, including with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council President Anatolio Ndong Mba, briefing them about the escalating tensions in the region in the wake of the Pulwama attack.