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Prez, PM Modi and others condemn attack

Prez, PM Modi and others condemn attack
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New Delhi: President Ram NathKovind on Thursday condemned the militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district and said the entire nation stands united in the fight against the forces of terror and evil.
He also wished speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.
“Strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Pulwama, J&K. Thoughts and prayers with the families of martyrs and wishing an early recovery to those injured. The entire nation stands united in the fight against the forces of terror and evil,” he tweeted.
Prime Minister NarendraModi termed the attack on CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama as despicable and asserted that the sacrifices of security personnel will not go in vain.
He also spoke with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other top officials in the wake of the attack which left 30 CRPF personnel dead.
“Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain,” he tweeted.
He said the entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of those personnel killed in the attack. He also wished for the speedy recovery of those injured.
“Spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh Ji and other top officials regarding the situation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama,” he said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also mourned the death of CRPF jawans.
“Saddened that 13 CRPF jawans became martyrs today in Pulwama. We salute our brave jawans and extend our solidarity and condolences to their families. Our prayers for those injured. We wish them a speedy recovery”, she said in a tweet.
Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool Congress chief, is away in New Delhi, where she went to attend the opposition parties meeting convened by Chief Minister ArvindKejriwal on Wednesday, the last day that the present LokSabha met, and to discuss with them the strategy to oust the Modi government in the coming LokSabha polls.
According to latest reports, at least 30 CRPF personnel were killed as a explosives-laden vehicle rammed into the bus carrying the jawans in J&K on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of Pulwama district.
Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing of at least 18 CRPF personnel in a terrorist attack in Pulwama district on Thursday.
“Terrible news coming from the valley. A number of CRPF soldiers are reported to have been killed & injured in an IED blast. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. My prayers for the injured & condolences to the families of the bereaved,” Abdullah tweeted.
The vehicle was blown up on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in the district’s Awantipora area.
“Disturbing news coming in from #awantipura . Twelve of our security personnel have been martyred and several have been injured. No words are enough to condemn the gruesome terror attack. How many more lives will be snuffed out before this madness ends?” Mehbooba tweeted.
Several other mainstream politicians took to social media to condemn the attack.
“Very sad news coming from Lethpora , any form of killing must be condemned by one and all,” People’s Conference leader Imran Ansari said.
BJP president Amit Shah also termed the terror attack that killed 30 CRPF personnel as an “act of cowardice” and asserted that security forces will defeat those involved in terrorist activities.
“Pained beyond words by the terror attack on our soldiers in Pulwama (J&K). It is an act of cowardice. My deepest condolences are with the families of our soldiers who have lost their lives. Our forces will remain firm against such acts of terror and defeat them,” he said in a tweet.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi condoled the killing of CRPF personne.
“I’m deeply disturbed by the cowardly attack on a #CRPF convoy in J&K in which many of our brave CRPF men have been martyred and a large number wounded, some critically. My condolences to the families of our martyrs. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” he tweeted.
Paying his party’s homage, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also accused the NarendraModi government of compromising national security and said the list of terror attacks continued unabated under it.
“Condemn the cowardly terror attack on our jawans in Pulwama, J&K today. Our homage to the 18 brave hearts who made the supreme sacrifice & condolences to their family. Uri, Pathankot, Pulwama- the terror list & compromise of National Security by ModiGovt continues unabated,” he said in a tweet.
Reacting to the incident former IAS officer Shah Feasal said that bloodshed in Kashmir must stop.
“There is a Karbala everyday in Kashmir. One side mourns today and another mourns tomorrow,” he said in a FB post.
“But those who can stop this war are not moved at all. Nothing seems to be pricking the conscience of those powers who can stop this bloodshed in Kashmir,” he wrote.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra demanded that the government take concrete steps to ensure such terror attacks do not happen in the future.
The AICC general secretary in-charge Uttar Pradesh East also said there is a need to reflect and be concerned about the “high number” of casualties in Kashmir.
She expressed her deepest condolences to the families of the security personnel killed in a the attack.
“I can very well understand the pain and grief of losing a loved one in the family,” Gandhi said in a statement.
Not only the Congress party, but the entire country is standing shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave soldiers, she said.
“But, we must also reflect and be concerned about the high number of casualties in Kashmir. We demand that this government take concrete steps to ensure such terror attacks don’t happen in the future,” Gandhi said. (with PTI inputs)

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