Minister of State for External Affairs and former Army chief General VK Singh on Friday, 15 February, asked Pakistan to take action against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Masood Azhar after the Pulwama attack saying that the onus is on them.
A day after at least 37 CRPF personnel were killed after a car carrying explosives rammed into a convoy carrying them, Singh said that appropriate action will be taken against the attack.
“Appropriate action will be taken, it’s a very sad incident, it’s deplorable, it’s something which should lead us to taking action, so that this should not happen again. Pakistan must take action against JeM and Masood Azhar, the onus is on Pak now.”VK Singh, MoS, MEA to ANI.
A CRPF convoy of 78 vehicles, carrying 2,547 CRPF personnel, was attacked at 2:03 pm at Awantipora in J&K’s Pulwama district on Thursday. Dar, allegedly driving a Mahindra Scorpio carrying more than 350 kg of explosives, rammed into the convoy.
A CRPF official told The Quint that terrorists opened fire after the blast ripped through the convoy.
JeM claimed responsibility of the attack and the J&K Police had identified the suicide bomber terrorist as Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama.
‘Strong Reply Will be Given to JeM’: Rajnath Singh
Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that a “strong reply” will be given to “Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad”.
Pakistan, in response, said that it “strongly rejected any insinuation” by the Indian media and government that sought to link the attack to them “without investigation.”
(With inputs from ANI)