India withdraws Most Favoured Nation status accorded to Pakistan

India on 15 February 2019 withdrew the ‘Most-Favoured Nation’ status accorded to Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir that led to the killing of 37 CRPF personnel and injuring of many others.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, which was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the terror attack. During a press meet after the meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said all the required efforts will be made to ensure that perpetrators of the heinous attack are brought to book and made to pay a heavy price.

The Minister said that the Union External Affairs Ministry would be launching an all-out effort to isolate Pakistan for having a direct hand in this gruesome terrorist attack. He said that the CRPF will make all the arrangements to bring back the mortal remains of all those who lost their lives in this attack.

Pulwama terror attack:-

1. On 14 February 2019, at least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and dozens injured after a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kilograms (kg) of explosives into their bus at Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.
2. The attack is one of the deadliest terror attacks on India’s armed forces since the Uri airbase attack in 2016.
3. More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were traveling in a convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in South Kashmir.
4. The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack and the suicide bomber was identified as Adil Ahmed, who according to officials joined the terror group in 2018.
5. Many of the CRPF personnel were returning from leave to rejoin duty in the valley.
6. Ahmed was driving a vehicle packed with over 300 kg of explosives on the wrong side of the road and hit the bus, which was carrying around 39-44 CRPF personnel.
7. The powerful explosion reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron with no survivors. The explosion was heard many kilometers away, including in some parts of Srinagar adjoining Pulwama district.

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