Pulwama attack LIVE: Pak calls back its envoy from India for consultations

People participate in a candle light vigil to offer tributes to the martyred CRPF jawans of Pulwama terror attack, at India Gate in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Security forces and terrorists are engaged in a gunfight in the Pinglan area of Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. According to latest information, two to three terrorists are trapped in the area. This exchange comes merely days after over 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives in a deadly terror attack in Pulwama.

Meanwhile, the wake of terror attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, traders' body CAIT has called for a nationwide trade bandh today to express solidarity with the families of security personnel killed.

Traders in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, J&K and other states will participate in the trade bandh.

In Delhi prominent markets including Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli, Kashmiri Gate, Chawri Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Kamla Nagar, South Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Preet Vihar, Shahdara, Gandhi Nagar etc will be closed, CAIT said.

The attack has fuelled tensions between India and Pakistan.

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1:59 PM IST Deputy Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar: Relaxation given in curfew between 2 pm to 5 pm at locations in South Jammu. Relaxation not given in Digiana, Balicharana & few other areas. Curfew was imposed in wake of #PulwamaAttack. #JammuAndKashmir. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/Yz78CWEqDc — ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019

1:56 PM IST Till when will the 3 day period of mourning keep getting extended? Everyday we get news of the brave martyrdom of our jawans while smiling BJP politicians accompany their funeral processions. Why is the govt waiting and watching? #PulwamaAttack https://t.co/faYsVrCJpi — Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) February 18, 2019

1:47 PM IST BJP President Amit Shah in Jaipur: Entire nation is standing in support with the families of the 45 martyrs like a rock. BJP’s Narendra Modi govt will not let this sacrifice be wasted. Appropriate answer would be given by our army for the sacrifices by our martyrs. #PulwamaAttack pic.twitter.com/9SyF1uewrM — ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019

1:34 PM IST Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal in Chandigarh: Navjot Singh Sidhu should be suspended from the Congress party for his comments on Pakistan. In fact, a case should be registered against those who make anti-national statements.

1:21 PM IST Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the ongoing encounter in Pulwama, J&K: The morale of the security forces is high. They are being successful in neutralising the terrorists.

1:14 PM IST All India Cine Workers Association announce a total ban on Pakistani actors and artists working in the film industry. #PulwamaAttack pic.twitter.com/QpSMUg9r8b — ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019

1:11 PM IST A large number of politicians including Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, a host of BJP leaders and MLAs including Pradesh party president Ajay Bhatt,  legislators Vinod Chamoli, Ganesh Joshi and Munna Singh Chauhan  besides former CM and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat placed a wreath on the officer's coffin to pay their homage.   Uttarakhand DGP Anil Raturi and ADG Ashok Kumar were also among a host of senior police officials who turned up to pay their tribute to the Army man.   Chants of "Major Bisht Amar Rahein" rent the air as the coffin borne on the shoulders of Army men was lifted to proceed for Haridwar for the last rites with wailing relatives and friends following behind.

1:07 PM IST Major Bisht's distraught mother wept inconsolably near the coffin as his father SS Bisht, a retired police officer, tried to comfort her even as he fought back his own tears.

1:05 PM IST Gonda: CM Yogi Adityanath pays tribute to Vijay Kumar Maurya who lost his life in #PulwamaTerroristAttack on 14 Feb. CM also visited Maurya’s residence in Chhapaiya to meet his family. pic.twitter.com/UkKtO5n0YV — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 18, 2019

12:33 PM IST The Indian community in the UAE gathered in large numbers at the embassy in Abu Dhabi and the consulate in Dubai to express sympathy and solidarity with the families of CRPF men killed in the terrorist strike in Pulwama on February 14.   They paid candlelight homage to the jawans martyred in Pulwama and vowed to remain united in the face of terror.

12:23 PM IST We have called back our HIgh Commissioner in India for consultations. He left New Delhi this morning . — Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) February 18, 2019

11:59 AM IST Assam: Traders call for a bandh today in Guwahati as a protest against the loss of lives of CRPF Jawans. #PulwamaTerroristAttack pic.twitter.com/hlv7uMDUyG — ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019

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Authorities give relaxation in curfew between 2 pm to 5 pm at some locations in South Jammu

Akhilesh Yadav attacks Modi govt over soldiers' deaths in Pulwama

Narendra Modi government will not let sacrifice of jawans go in vain: BJP chief Amit Shah in Rajasthan

Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal in Chandigarh: Navjot Singh Sidhu should be suspended from the Congress party for his comments on Pakistan. In fact, a case should be registered against those who make anti-national statements.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the ongoing encounter in Pulwama, J&K: The morale of the security forces is high. They are being successful in neutralising the terrorists.

Major Bisht was to come home on February 28 for his marriage.

A large number of politicians including Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, a host of BJP leaders and MLAs including Pradesh party president Ajay Bhatt,  legislators Vinod Chamoli, Ganesh Joshi and Munna Singh Chauhan  besides former CM and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat placed a wreath on the officer's coffin to pay their homage.
 
Uttarakhand DGP Anil Raturi and ADG Ashok Kumar were also among a host of senior police officials who turned up to pay their tribute to the Army man.
 
Chants of "Major Bisht Amar Rahein" rent the air as the coffin borne on the shoulders of Army men was lifted to proceed for Haridwar for the last rites with wailing relatives and friends following behind.
Major Bisht's distraught mother wept inconsolably near the coffin as his father SS Bisht, a retired police officer, tried to comfort her even as he fought back his own tears.

Indian community in UAE unites against Pulwama terror attack

The Indian community in the UAE gathered in large numbers at the embassy in Abu Dhabi and the consulate in Dubai to express sympathy and solidarity with the families of CRPF men killed in the terrorist strike in Pulwama on February 14.
 
They paid candlelight homage to the jawans martyred in Pulwama and vowed to remain united in the face of terror.
People light candles to pay tribute to CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, at Connaught Place in New Delhi, Sunday, Feb 17, 2019. Photo: PTI
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) members pay tribute to CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, at Connaught Place in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Two terrorists have been killed during encounter between terrorists and security forces, in Pinglan area of Pulwama district. Operation still in progress.
Inayat Khan, DM Sheikhpura, Bihar: As an individual, I would like to adopt one of the families of the two martyrs (Constable Sanjay Kumar Sinha from Patna & Ratan Kumar Thakur from Bhagalpur)
Inayat Khan, DM Sheikhpura, Bihar: Orders issued to open account to raise funds for families of 2 martyrs (Constable SK Sinha from Patna&RK Thakur from Bhagalpur). Whatever amount will be collected by 10 Mar, will be divided&given to the two families.

Covering of Imran pictures in India regrettable: Pakistan Cricket Board

The Pakistan Cricket Board has said it will take up with the BCCI the "regrettable" removal of pictures of its former players at a couple of venues in India, owing to the Pulwama terror attack, during an ICC meeting next month.
 
In a statement issued late Sunday night, the PCB's Managing Director Wasim Khan said the PCB Wasim Khan said sports has always played a key role in defusing political tensions. The ICC meeting is scheduled to be held in Dubai but the dates are not yet out.
 
"...we have always believed and emphasised that sports and politics should be kept separate. History tells us that sports, particularly cricket, have always played a key role in building bridges between people and countries," Khan said.

Kashmiri doctor claims he was asked to leave city, West Bengal govt comes to his rescue

A Kashmiri doctor, who has been living in Kolkata for 22 years, has claimed that he has been asked to leave the city or face "dire consequences" following the Pulwama terror strike. 
 
The doctor, however, has decided to stay put after the West Bengal government came to his rescue.
 
The doctor, who did not wish to be named, said he was heckled but he had not paid much heed to the threats he had received initially. However, his concern grew when some men gathered outside his residence and threatened to harm his daughter unless he "returned to Pakistan".
Pulwama encounter: The deceased personnel have been identified as Major V S Dhoundiyal from Dehradun, Havaldar Sheo Ram from Jhunjhunu, Sepoy Ajay Kumar from Meerut and Sepoy Hari Singh from Rewari. They belonged to 55 Rashtriya Rifles. Read on...
According to India Today, Pulwama attack masterminds Ghazi and Kamran were killed in an encounter today.
Top officials arrive at Home Ministry for a high level meeting. 

Drive against terrorism must not be halted this time: LJP to govt

In a letter written to Modi, LJP parliamentary board chairman Chirag Paswan pleaded that the drive against terrorism "must not be halted this time, until a single terrorist was alive".
 
Pakistan has sponsored many cowardly acts so far, but the latest incident has left the nation, especially the youth, enraged," Paswan said in the letter.
 
"I saw pictures of many of the martyred CRPF jawans in papers and experienced the pain of the bereaved family members. Our party's national executive meeting proposed in Ranchi was, in view of the tragedy, converted into a condolence meeting and the party programme cancelled thereafter, the LJP leader wrote in the letter.
 
The dastardly attack had caused much anguish among the LJP workers who were angry with the terrorist organisations and their bosses, he said.
 
"I hereby convey to you a sentiment shared by party workers and the entire nation that expeditious action be taken to root out Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and this time, such an operation must not be halted until a single terrorist is alive," Paswan, whose father -- Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan -- is the founding president of the LJP, added.
A photo of Alphons standing next to the coffin of a CRPF soldier who was killed in the Pulwama terror attack had gone viral, with many condemning the minister for choosing to click a selfie at the funeral of a jawan.
 
Wayanad-based Vasantha Kumar was among the 40 CRPF personnel who were killed in Awantipora in an attack orchestrated by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Union Minister KJ Alphons faces flak for 'selfie' with coffin of braveheart; clarifies

After drawing flak for allegedly posting a selfie with the mortal remains of a slain CRPF soldier, Union Minister KJ Alphons alleged that some miscreants circulated his photograph on social media to reduce his reputation.
 
In a letter written to Kerala's Director General of Police (DGP), the Union Minister said that he was attending the last rites of Vasantha Kumar at Wynad on February 16.
 
"I attended the last ceremonial rites of Vasantha Kumar, who sacrificed his life for the nation, on February 16 at Wayanad. Some person had taken my photographs standing near the coffin. My media secretary had put the same on Facebook," Alphons said.
 
"Alleging that the photo was a selfie taken by me, some miscreants had spread false news against me on social media. The act of those miscreants reduced my reputation in the public, which is an offence punishable under the provisions of IPC," he added.

Traders have decided to boycott Chinese goods

"In the wake of China supporting Pakistan, the CAIT has decided to launch a national campaign to boycott Chinese goods,” the traders' body said.
Traders in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, J&K and other states are participating in the trade bandh on February 18.
CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said during the bandh traders would observe a day long fast and take out a tribute march in their respective states.
 
He said the body is planning to organise substantial financial assistance which will be directly given by traders to the families of martyrs.
 

KTR pays tributes to Pulwama attack martyrs

TRS Working President K T Rama Rao on Sunday paid floral tributes to Pulwama attack martyrs at the CRPF southern sector headquarters here.
 
Rama Rao also handed over two cheques of Rs 25 lakhs each to G H P Raju, Inspector General of Police, CRPF, Southern sector.
 
While Rs 25 lakh had been donated by Rao in his personal capacity, his friends contributed Rs 25 lakh for the families of the slain jawans.

Pray for peace instead of spreading more hate, says Sania Mirza

Terming February 14, the day of the Pulwama attack when over 40 CRPF jawans were killed, as black day for India, tennis star Sania Mirza on Sunday called for praying for peace instead of spreading more hate.
 
Sania, who is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, said that CRPF jawans who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack are true heroes.
 
In a tweet, she expressed displeasure over demands that celebrities should be all over social media to condemn a terrorist attack, saying they should not be judged on the number of posts on a tragedy.

IMG Reliance will not broadcast Pakistan Super League due to Pulwama attack

IMG Reliance Sunday pulled out from broadcasting the Pakistan Super League in protest against the Pulwama terrorist attack.
 
"Due to unfortunate events a couple of days back, which resulted in the death of Indian soldiers, IMG Reliance is pulling out with immediate effects, from offering broadcast production services for PSL. The incident that occured is deeply regrettable," stated a mail addressed to Sohaib Sheikh and Kamil Khan of Pakistan Cricket Board, the content of which is in possession of PTI.

Kashmiri students held on sedition charges for celebrating Pulwama attack

Four female paramedical students of Kashmiri-origin have been slapped with sedition charges after being suspended from a private institute here for allegedly celebrating the Pulwama terror attack by posting "anti-national" messages on an instant messaging app, officials said.
 
The second-year students of the National Institute of Medical Science (NIMS), Talveen Manzoor, Iqra, Zohra Nazir and Uzma Nazir, were suspended for posting on WhatsApp a picture in which they were purportedly seen celebrating the terrorist attack in Kashmir that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel.

Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar cancel Karachi visit; Pakistan arts community disappointed

The literary and arts community of Pakistan has expressed disappointment over veteran Indian actress Shabana Azmi and her lyricist-writer husband Javed Akhtar cancelling, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, their Karachi visit to attend Kaifi Azmi's birth centenary celebrations.
 
"Shabana and Javed sahab have always been seen as progressive people who have spoken out in favour of bettering Indo-Pak relations. So their reaction to the Pulwama incident has come as a surprise to the arts and literary community in Karachi," Omair Alavi, a well-known film critic, said. Read on...

Iran summons Pakistan envoy over Pulwama terror attack by JeM

Iran on Sunday summoned Pakistan's ambassador after Tehran accused Islamabad of harbouring the terror outfit responsible for the deadly terror attack on its security forces.
 
Iran lodged an official protest with Pakistan's envoy over the suicide attack in Sistan-Baluchestan province that claimed the lives of 27 paramilitary. Iran Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi said he "explicitly conveyed" to Pakistani Ambassador Rafat Masoud that Tehran expected Islamabad "to make a serious and decisive action" against the Jaish al-Adl outfit operating in Pakistani. The terror outfit claimed responsibility for the Wednesday's attack, Al Jazeera reported. Read on...

Encounter between security forces and terrorists in Pulwama

Security forces and terrorists engaged in a gunfight in the Pinglan area of Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday morning.
 
According to latest information, two to three terrorists are trapped in the area.

Uttarakhand CM says "rumours being spread regarding ill-treatment & thrashing of Kashmiri students in Dehradun are wrong

Four Kashmiri students of private varsity in Jaipur suspended, booked for 'celebrating' Pulwama attack, PTI reported

Pak has no official info about India withdrawing MFN status: top trade official

Two days after India made the announcement, Adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood said New Delhi has not informed Islamabad about withdrawing Pakistan's MFN status, Geo News reported. Read full report
The Federation Of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has decided to call for a complete ban on all artistes from Pakistan, said its chief advisor Ashoke Pandit in the wake of the terror attack in Pulwama.
 
"Those producers who insist on working with artistes from Pakistan will be banned by the FWICE. We're officially announcing the inviolable diktat. All those music companies that still insist on using artistes from across the border in spite of repeated attacks on our country, should be ashamed of themselves. Since they are showing no shame, we will have to force them to back down," Pandit said.
I'm sure PM will take firm decision: Hema Malini on Pulwama attack, PTI reported

Prez Kovind condemns Pulwama attack, says nation has faced such challenges with courage, patience

"Three days ago, many of our brave jawans were martyred in a cowardly terror attack. Along with my countrymen, I strongly condemn this barbaric act," he said. Read the full report here

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh meets the parents of deceased CRPF Constable Kulwinder Singh at their village in Anandpur Sahib

Pak patronising terrorism, Pulwama attack an act of frustration: Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday castigated Pakistan, accusing it of engineering the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, PTI reported

J&K government announces Rs 20 lakh relief to kin of slain CRPF trooper from Rajouri

Head constable Naseer Ahmed was among the 49 CRPF troopers killed in the ghastly suicide attack

AMU issues advisory asking Kashmiri students not to move out of campus

Several parts of Aligarh witnessed protests after the attack, prompting the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) authorities to issue an advisory to its Kashmiri students cautioning them against moving out of the campus.
 
AMU Proctor Professor Mohsin Khan told PTI, "The university authorities are maintaining constant vigil on law and order situation on the campus, especially in the wake of highly inflammatory social media posts emanating from the city."

Fire raging in your bosoms is in my heart too: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that he shared the grief and outrage with the people of the nation in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack.
 
"I salute and pay my tributes to Sanjay Kumar Sinha and Ratan Kumar Thakur. To the people who have gathered here, I would like to say the fire that is raging in your bosoms, is in my heart too," Modi said during his speech in Bihar's Barauni.
The Uttarakhand police also appealed to Kashmiri students studying in the state to not issue provocative statements on social media. Read the full report here

Uttarakhand Police rubbishes reports of students being trapped in a girls hostel

Rajnath Singh observes 1-minute silence during rally

J&K Governor announces ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik announced an  of Rs 20 lakh to the kin of CRPF jawan Naseer Ahmed of Rajouri district, who was killed in the Pulwama attack. 

KTR pays tributes to Pulwama martyrs

Telangana Rashtra Samithi  working president K T Rama Rao paid tributes to the Pulwama martyrs at the CRPF Headquarters today
 
KTR also handed over two cheques of Rs 25 lakh each from him and his friends to G H P Raju, Inspector General of Police, CRPF, Southern sector.

Don't invite Pakistanis on shows, Paresh Rawal appeals to media

Amit Shah pays tributes

CRPF issues advisory against fake photos of jawans

Family members pay their final respects to the slain CRPF Maneshwar Basumatary, who lost his life in Thursday's Pulwama terror attack, in Baksa, Saturday, Feb 17, 2019.



Kashmiri students in Delhi fear for their security

Several Kashmiri students here said they were in a state of fear after reports of alleged harassment of Kashmiris following the Pulwama terror attack, even as police asserted that security had been enhanced in the national capital and they would ensure the safety of all citizens.

BCCI should donate Rs 5 crore for martyrs' families: Khanna

BCCI acting president CK Khanna Sunday appealed to Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai to sanction at least Rs 5 crore for the families of the Indian soldiers. Read here
Visuals from outside Separatist Abdul Ghani Bhat's office and residence after security was withdrawn

'Enough is enough', says Iran Deputy FM on Pulwama attack

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Aragchchi on Saturday where the two ministers discussed bilateral ties and close cooperation between the countries to combat terrorism in the region. Both India and Iran saw similar suicide attacks targetting their respective paramilitary forces earlier this week. Detailed report here

MNS asks music companies to drop Pak singers

The film wing of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena asked music label companies to stop working with Pakistani singers.
 

J&K adminstration withdraws security of 5 separatist leaders

J&K administration Sunday issued orders to withdraw security of five separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, reported PTI. 
 
Besides Mirwaiz, the security cover for Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Shabir Shah has been withdrawn. However, there is no mention of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the order.

CCI covers Imran's portrait following Pulwama attack

The Cricket Club of India has covered a portrait of former cricketer and current Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at its premises following

Members of Indian diaspora in Australia protest

Members of the Indian diaspora gathered outside the Victorian parliament in Melbourne on Saturday to protest the attack.

The protesters chanted "Bharat Mata ki " and carried banners that read "say no to terrorism and Pakistan stop supporting terrorism".

 

Curfew continues in Jammu

A curfew in Jammu continued for a third consecutive day on Sunday with the authorities saying that it will remain in force until the law and order situation improves in the city. 

Guwahati teacher suspended over Facebook post on Pulwama

In her post on Thursday, Papri Banerjee, who works as an Assistant Professor of the English department at the city's Icon Academy Junior College, condemned the terrorist attack but also blamed the Indian Army for atrocities on civilians in Jammu and Kashmir. Read on

'Reason, not emotions must drive our response to Pakistan'

Any military option exercised by the govt must not be only about taking revenge but also about compelling Pakistan to alter its behaviour; writes Ankur Bhardwaj 
 
Click here to read the full copy on why reason, not emotions must drive our response to Pakistan

200 people donate blood to honour CRPF personnel

More than 200 people donated blood at a blood donation camp in Karnataka's Shivamogga today


Delegation of Indian doctors cancel visit to Pakistan

A delegation of Indian doctors has cancelled visit to Pakistan for the 13th SAARC-Association of Anaesthesiologists Congress in Lahore on March 7 in wake of Pulwama attack

Pulwama attack should not be forgiven: Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal, who played the role of an Army officer in "Uri: The Surgical Strike", on Saturday said the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in south Kashmir's Pulwama district should not be forgotten and forgiven. Read more



Baloch body asks India to axe ties with Pakistan

The Balochistan National Congress (BNC), a US-based Baloch body, urged the Indian government to cut all diplomatic ties with Pakistan, recall the Indian ambassador from Islamabad and send back Pakistan's ambassador from New Delhi immediately without any further delay
 

Gun salute given, 'Vande Mataram' chanted

People chant 'Vande Mataram' as CRPF Head Constable Sanjay Rajput is accorded a gun salute during last rites in Malkapur in Buldhana

Visuals from Jagatsinghpur as mortal remains of CRPF Head Constable P K Sahoo brought for last rites

Transgender community light candles in Chennai

Members of the transgender community light candles in Chennai to pay tribute

 

British Indians hold anti-Pakistan protest to condemn attack in London

Customs duty on imports from Pakistan hiked to 200% after Pulwama attack

"India has withdrawn MFN status to Pakistan after the Pulwama incident. Upon withdrawal, basic customs duty on all goods exported from Pakistan to India has been raised to 200% with immediate effect," Finance Minister Arun Jaitely said in a tweet.
 
India on Friday revoked the 'most-favoured nation' (MFN) status to Pakistan following the Pulwama terror strike.

Ranchi: Thousands gather to pay tribute to martyred CRPF jawan

The mortal remains of CRPF jawan Vijay Soreng arrived at the Birsa Munda Airport here on Saturday amid chants of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Vande Mataram" by thousands of people who had gathered to pay their last respects to the martyr.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik convened a high level meeting at the Raj Bhavan today and reviewed the present law and order situation in the state in the aftermath of Pulwama attack, ANI reports. The Governor has directed the Police to take strict action without mercy against those indulging in any type of violence, arson or rumour mongering irrespective of political and religious affiliation.

J&K: Army officer killed, soldier injured in IED explosion along LoC

The IED was apparently planted by "enemy forces within Indian territory" in Naushera sector and set off when an Army officer, along with his men, was patrolling the area, PTI quoted an official. The blast killed the officer and injured a soldier who was evacuated to hospital.

Rajnath Singh takes stock of country's security after Pulwama terror attack

The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval among others, Press Trust of India reports.
 
During the meeting, top security officials briefed the home minister about the prevailing situation in the country, including along the Indo-Pak border, a Home Ministry official said.
 
The meeting took stock of the security measures in place to foil any design of the Pak-based terrorist groups to disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in hinterlands, the official said.
 
The home minister directed the officials to ensure that all possible steps are taken to hunt down terrorists currently operating in Kashmir valley, another official said.

Thousands converge for last rites of CRPF jawans in Rajasthan

Tens of thousands of people lined the roads and many more marched with the tricolour for the final journey of the five CRPF jawans from Rajasthan killed in the Pulwama terror attack who were cremated with full state honours in their native villages.
Security of Kashmiri separatists having suspected links with Pakistani intelligence agency ISI will be withdrawn after an assessment by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, news agency Press Trust of India reports.
National Conference (NC) leader and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah arrives at Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence.

Rajnath chairs meeting with NSA, IB and R&AW chiefs

Rajnath Singh chairs security meeting with NSA, IB and R&AW chiefs.
There have been some reports of students and other residents of Jammu and Kashmir are experiencing threats and intimidation in light of Pulwama attack. Therefore, MHA today issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories to take necessary measures to ensure their safety and security.
Odisha CM announces enhancement of ex-gratia for next of the kin of CRPF's Prasanna K Sahoo & Manoj Kumar Behera who lost their lives in Pulwama attack. They will be given ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh each instead of Rs 10 lakh. State to bear the cost of education cost of their children.
"I'm donating my one month's salary for the slain jawans of Pulwama attack and want everyone to come forward and support the families. It is our moral duty to always standby them and make them feel proud of their sacrifices. Jai Hind," the Olympic medallist said.

Sehwag offers to take care of education of slain CRPF troopers' children

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag offered to bear the educational expenses of children of all the CRPF personnel killed in Pulwama attack.
 
"Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in Pulwama in my Sehwag International School @SehwagSchool , Jhajjar. Saubhagya hoga," Sehwag wrote on his twitter handle.

Amitabh Bachchan will be donating Rs 5 lakh each to the families of CRPF troppers who died in Pulwama attack

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is currently finding out "from several government sources where and how the amount will be distributed to ensure it is expedited".
 
His spokesperson confirmed the news, saying: "Yes, Mr Bachchan will be giving Rs 5 lakh to each of the martyr's families and is currently finding out the correct process to do so."

Curfew continues in Jammu, Army stages flag march for second day

The curfew in Jammu city continued for the second day Saturday and the Army staged flag marches in sensitive localities.
 
University of Jammu has postponed all examinations scheduled for the day and mobile Internet services remained suspended across Jammu region.

Pak synonym for terrorism, security forces given free hand to punish Pulwama attack perpetrators: PM Modi

At a public function in Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district, where he launched a number of projects, Modi said Pakistan has become a synonym for terrorism.
 
"A nation which came into existence after Partition and encourages terror activities, and which is on the verge of bankruptcy, has now become the second name for terror," Modi said.

US NSA dials Ajit Doval, says America supports India's right to self-defence

In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval that America supports India's right to self-defence as both sides vowed to work together to ensure that Pakistan ceases to be a safe heaven for JeM and other terror groups.
 
Doval and Bolton held a telephonic conversation on Friday evening during which they resolved to hold Pakistan to account for its obligations under the UN resolutions and remove all obstacles to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the External Affairs Ministry (EAM) said in New Delhi.

'Pakistan is the nursery of terrorism, high time to answer back', says Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal

Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday said it is "high time" that India responds to attacks by Pakistan, calling the neighbouring country the "nursery of terrorism".
 
Badal made these remarks after paying floral tributes to the mortal remains of Pulwama terror attack victim sub-inspector Jaimal Singh.
The makers of "Hamid" have pushed the release of the film, which explores the conflict in Kashmir through the perspective of an eight-year-old boy who develops an unlikely friendship with a CRPF trooper.

Sacrifice of CRPF jawans killed in Pulwama terror attack won't go in vain: Modi

"Sacrifice of Pulwama martyrs will not go in vain. Our security forces have been given a free hand to punish the perpetrators of the attack," the prime minister said, and warned that even if the terrorist organisations try to hide, they will be sought out and punished for the crime they have committed.
Resolutions were passed after Pathankot & Uri attack also. We have told them (central government) that they should now take action: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena after the all-party meeting on Pulwama attack.

The resolution passed at the all-party meeting


Agra markets observe shutdown in protest against J&K terror attack

Several shops and business establishments in Uttar Pradesh's Agra city downed their shutters on Saturday morning to protest the terror attack on a CRPF convoy.
 
Groups of people went around markets and localities, shouting slogans against Pakistani leaders and torching their effigies and the Pakistani flag.
 
Meanwhile, the last journey of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper Kaushal Kumar Rawat, a resident of Kahrai village, was attened by thousands of people who were joined by Cabinet Minister S P  Singh Baghel and several leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and senior district officials. His body arrived here in the wee hours.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress: We had requested the Home Minister to request the PM on our behalf to ask Presidents of all national and regional parties for a meeting. This was supported by other parties too. The entire nation is in mourning today, is angry.

We stand with the govt for unity and security of the nation and security forces, says Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress after all-party meeting: We stand with the govt for unity and security of the nation and security forces. Be it Kashmir or any other part of the nation, Congress party gives its full support to the govt in the fight against terrorism.

Protesters block rail tracks at Nalasopara station in Palghar district of Maharashtra

A group of protesters Saturday blocked the railway tracks at Nalasopara station in Palghar district of Maharashtra to protest against the terror attack in Pulwama.
 
The protesters got onto the tracks around 8.20 am and started raising slogans against Pakistan, the officials said, adding that train services on the route were affected due to the protest.

Tamil Nadu CM announces government jobs to one family member each of the two CRPF personnel from the state who died in Pulwama attack

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has announced government jobs to one family member each of the two CRPF personnel from the state who lost their lives in Pulwama attack.

Mamata Banerjee has announced candle light march

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has announced candle light march and said that 'at this hour, we are together with the bereaved families of the martyrs'.

Nitish Kumar announces Rs 11 lakh each for Bihar troopers killed

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday announced Rs 11 lakh each for the families of two Bihar troopers who were killed in the Pulwama attack.
 
He also announced a state funeral for Ratan Kumar Thakur, resident of Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district and Sanjay Sinha, resident of Masaurhi in Patna district.
 
Their bodies arrived earlier at the Patna Airport where the Chief Minister was also present.

The parties will be briefed about the attack in Pulwama and the steps being taken by the government so far

An all-party meeting, convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, is being attended by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O'Brien of the TMC, Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena, Jithendra Reddy of the TRS, D Raja of the CPI, Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference, Ram Vilas Paswan of the LJP among others.
 
The parties will be briefed about the attack in Pulwama and the steps being taken by the government so far, a home ministry official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Yavatmal, Maharashtra: Terror organisations who have committed this crime, no matter how much they try to hide, they will be punished. Security forces have been given full freedom. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches various development projects in Yavatmal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Yavatmal, Maharashtra: I know that we are all in immense pain after what happend in Pulwama, I understand your anger. Two sons from Maharashtra lost their lives in the attack, their sacrifice won’t go in vain. 
Ramesh Kumar, DC Jammu: Curfew was imposed yesterday, no casualties were reported. The situation is under control but as a precautionary measure, we have continued with the curfew. We will decide whether to continue it or not by evening, after assessing the situation.

US for India's bid to name Masood Azhar as global terrorist

US National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton, in a telephonic conversation with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, has extended support for India's bid to designate Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, an MEA statement said.
Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala cancels his visit to Lahore, Pakistan in the light of Pulwama Attack. Delhi's Patiala House Court had yesterday allowed him to travel to Lahore for a personal visit. He is an accused in a disproportionate assets case.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba arrives at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba arrives at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Virat Kohli postpones Indian Sports Honours

Star cricketer Virat Kohli has postponed the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours, which was to take place on Saturday, as a "mark of respect" to the CRPF personnel martyred in the Pulwama terrorist attack.
 
Indian Sports Honours is an initiative of Virat Kohli Foundation and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria arrives in Delhi for consultations with senior officials over Pulwama attack

The Indian envoy has been called for consultations at a time when the government is looking at options for giving a befitting reply to Pakistan over the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel.

Top US lawmakers rally behind India

So far, more than 70 American lawmakers including 15 Senators have condemned the attack. The "terrorist attack against Indian paramilitary police is a despicable act of violence, however, I know it will not weaken the resolve of the Indian people," said Senator Thom Tillis, a member of the Senate India Caucus.
 
"The American people and the American government stand fully behind our ally India and their fight to defend their democracy and end the threat of violent extremism," he said.

Mortal remains of CRPF jawan Ramesh Yadav have been brought to his native village Tofapur in Varanasi.

India slams Pakistan for claiming it had no role in Pulwama terror attack

Pakistan on Friday summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner in Islamabad and lodged a protest against India's allegation of its role in the Pulwama terror attack.
 
Hitting back at Pakistan, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: "JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack. The organisation and its leadership are located in Pakistan."

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