Pulwama, is a district in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar and Jammu as well pass through Pulwama. Besides its ample production for rice and saffron, the place has now hit the headlines for a very wrong reason as more than 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Jawans were killed in a cowardly attack of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a group which works with a declared objective to separate Kashmir from India and to merge it into Pakistan.
The incident proving legendary surveillance's failure, happened on an unfortunate day of February 14, on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir at around 3.15 pm when the convoy comprising of around 2500 CRPF personnel in 78 buses, was attacked while travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terror group has taken the responsibility for the attack in which a Jaish suicide bomber banged a vehicle carrying over 350 kg of explosives into the bus having soldiers in Pulwama. The incident is not the first of its kind, earlier also this terror group had tried to harm India as it:
In coordination with Lashkar-e-Taiba, it had been implicated Indian Parliament attack in New Delhi in the 2001.
In September 2016, it carried out the Uri attack. During that attack three groups of 4 members each, allegedly infiltrated into Kashmir through the Line of Control (LOC), out of which one group attacked in Poonch sector and one at the Army brigade in Uri and the third group has been untraceable.
However, it is to be noted that on September 29, 2016, just eleven days after a terror attack in Uri, the Indian army carried out 'surgical strikes' against the suspected militants in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
And now in February 2019, the group has dared to carry out a suicide bombing attack on a convoy of security vehicles near Pulwama and killed over 40 security personnel.
Consequently, everyone has condemned the attack including our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the US, standing by India, has asked Pakistan to freeze the funds and other financial assets of the UNSC-designated terrorist networks and their leaders "without delay" as for the belief that JeM was created with the support of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and even after being outlawed, the group still operates in Pakistan and became the principal terrorist organisation in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs."
Undoubtedly, the Nation is infuriated over the terror attack, and raising voice for asking government to take a stern action against the terrorists as it deem fit and to make sure to stop these horrible acts
Maulana Masood Azhar, founder and leader of JeM, in 2010, was designated as a "global terrorist" by the US Treasury Department and now after this dastardly attack, India has appealed to all members of the UN Security Council to list Azhar as a "global terrorist," which means as a backlash he would face a global travel ban and assets freeze.
However, China, being a veto member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) declined to support India's bid to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the 1267 Committee by putting technical holds as its consent will upset its close ally, Pakistan.
The incident has also posed a major challenge before newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, to root out these fanatic groups as the entire global community wants to bring an end to terrorism.
Pakistan who was already facing grave financial crisis is now facing diplomatic as well as trade pressure from India as while revoking the 'Most Favoured Nation' (MFN) status to Pakistan, it has hiked the basic customs duty over the goods imported from the neighbouring country to 200% with immediate effect after Pulwama attack.
The status of MFN was granted to Pakistan way back in 1996, generally a level of treatment accorded by one state to another in international trade.
Another repercussion which Pakistan is most likely to face is a ban over it's artists as 24 film associations including Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) have raised their voices for a ban on Bollywood working with Pakistani artists.
It was also added that if the filmmakers do not consent to the rule, the shooting of the film will be halted. Besides the FWICE, some other film associations demanded the same during the protest last week at a suburban film studio.
The demand raised to ban the Pakistani artists is for the obvious fact that though Pakistani artists are not involved in any terror attack, but it cannot be denied that all the Pakistani actors and singers being Pakistani tax-payers, pay a part of their incomes, whether it is from India or somewhere else, to Pakistan, indirectly funding and helping its terror operations against India. Since decades, the cultural exchange was the only thing that was beyond the India-Pakistan dissension, but the need of the moment somehow suggests the cultural isolation of Pakistan as well.
"These knee-jerk and pre-conceived accusations were rejected also because they were made within a short time after the attack and without any investigations."
Pakistan further asserted that the accusations of India against it were consistent with "well-rehearsed strategies from Indian playbook after such past occurrences.
It was also added that Pakistan was ready to co-operate with India if in case it shares the evidence baking its accusations.
Till the publication of this article, some sources reported that during a targeted encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, two top terrorists of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed were killed identified as Kamran, an aide of Jaish chief Masood Azhar, and Gazi Rashid, an Afghan national, an IED specialist. However, sources also say that our security also suffered a loss of a major and three soldiers, who were martyred during the encounter.
Jammu and Kashmir is already facing curfew since last few days when mobs attacked people and set vehicles on fire.