In a joint conference by the Indian Army, CRPF and J&K Police on February 19, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon of the Indian Army announced that within 100 hours of the Pulwama attack, security forces had eliminated the mastermind of the attack. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out the deadliest attack ever on the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 claiming the lives of 40 CRPF personnel and injuring several others. The suicide bomber Jaish-e-Mohammed youth terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar rammed his explosive fitted vehicle into a CRPF convoy of 78 vehicles in Pulwama district. The convoy of buses had around 2,500 CRPF personnel travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. Initial investigations suggested that the car had over 300 kilograms of explosives including RDX and ammonium nitrate. The attack is said to be the deadliest terror attack on state security personnel since 1989. On February 19, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a press conference said, “Pakistan doesn’t have anything to gain from Pulwama attack”. He further added that Pakistan was ready to take action provided India can provide concrete evidence.
It has been five days to the tragic attack that shook the nation. As India mourns the irreparable loss, here is a look at 10 things that happened in India after the Pulwama terror attack.
Foreign Secretary meets P-5 envoys
India on February 15 started the process to isolate Pakistan internationally in the wake of Pulwama attack. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met around 25 ambassadors, including the P-5, all South Asian countries and other important partners like Japan, Germany, Korea, and others. P-5 refers to the US, Russia, China, France, and the United Kingdom – which are permanent members of the UN Security Council. India also summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood and made a strong demarche over its support to terrorist outfits such as Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) which has claimed responsibility for the attack.
India revokes Pakistan’s ‘most favoured nation’ status
India on February 15 withdrew the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) status to Pakistan. In a media briefing, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that all efforts will be made to ensure that perpetrators of the attack are brought to book. Withdrawal of MFN status means India can now increase customs duties to any level on any goods that are imported from Pakistan. Also, Pakistan will no longer enjoy rebates on tariff, and a free flow of goods in India. On February 16, India hiked the customs duty on all goods imported from Pakistan to 200 percent with immediate effect.
Pakistani nationals in Bikaner asked to leave
According to an order issued by the District Magistrate on February 18, Pakistani nationals in Bikaner have been asked to leave the district within 48 hours. The order also prohibits hotels and lodges from allowing the stay of Pakistani citizens. Citizens are asked to not have any direct or indirect business with Pakistan and not employ anyone belonging to the neighbouring country. Residents of Bikaner are not allowed to use SIM cards registered in Pakistan. The order is applicable for two months.
No cricket ties
According to Indian Express, “Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla has said that India will not play against Pakistan in any bilateral series unless Pakistan stops its state-sponsored terrorism.”
Four sports broadcasters – Cricbuzz, IMG Reliance, DSport, and Dream11 – have stopped coverage of Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches. PSL began on the same day as the Pulwama terror attack. While on the other hand, IMG Reliance pulled out as the producers of Pakistan Super League.
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has removed the photographs of Pakistani cricketers from various points inside the Mohali stadium to show solidarity with the families of martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack. Nearly 15 photos of Pakistani cricketers, including Imran Khan, Shahid Afridi, Javed Miandad, and Wasim Akram, to name a few.
Protests, marches continue in India and abroad
Candlelight marches and protests are being organised across the nation to condemn the attack. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) called for a countrywide trade bandh on February 18 to express solidarity with the families of CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack. Protestors stage rail roko at Mumbai’s Nalasopara. The local train service was put on halt between Nalasopara and Virar station, as thousands of protestors came on tracks. While in Delhi, hundreds of people gathered at India Gate and Jantar Mantar to hold candlelight marches.
Indian communities all over the world have launched protests against the attacks. The Indian community on February 16 started a massive protest outside Pakistan High Commission in London.
Blanket ban on Pakistani actors and artists
On February 18, the All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has announced a total ban on Pakistani artists and actors. The statement also says that they will take strong action against anyone who works with Pakistani artists. ‘We’re officially announcing a total ban on Pakistani actors and artists working in the film industry. Still, if any organization insists on working with Pakistani artists will be banned by AICWA and strong action will be taken against them,’ reads the statement. Actor Ajay Devgn has also announced on Monday that his latest film ‘Total Dhamaal’ will not release in Pakistan. The cast and crew of the film have donated Rs 50 lakh to the families of the soldiers.
Indian artists cancel their Pakistan visit
In the aftermath of the attack, Indian actress Shabana Azmi and her lyricist husband Javed Akhtar cancelled their visit to Karachi. The couple was set to be part of a celebration organised to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Shabana’s father and poet Kaifi Azmi on February 23 and 24. Celebrated poets and literary personalities have been invited to attend the event. Javed Akhtar announced his decision on Twitter, his tweet reads, “Karachi art council had invited. Shabana and me for a two day lit conference about Kaifi Azmi and his poetry. We have cancelled that. In 1965 during the Indo Pak war, Kaifi saheb had written a poem. AUR PHIR KRISHAN NE ARJUN SE KAHA”
Shabana Azmi speaking about the futility of people to contact when the governments are at war, tweets, “I am filled with pain and grief and all else..by the dastardly #Pulwama attack. For the 1st time in all these years, I feel weakened in my belief that people to people contact can force the Establishment to do the right thing. We will need to call halt to cultural exchange”
Singers Rekha Bhardwaj and Harshdeep Kaur have also withdrawn their names from Shaan-e-Pakistan 2019 gala in Lahore scheduled on March 21 and 22.
Delegation of Indian doctors cancels Pakistan visit
A delegation of Indian doctors has canceled their visit to Pakistan for the 13th SAARC Association of Anaesthesiologists Congress. The event is scheduled to happen in Lahore on March 7. The conference is being organised by the Pakistan Society of Anaesthesiologist and Scientific Committee.
Five days after the terror attack, security forces on February 18 gunned down the mastermind of the carnage along with two other terrorists of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in an encounter. The attack took place in Pinglena village of Pulwama district, around 10 kilometers from the site Pulwama attack and went on throughout the night and most of the day on Monday. The encounter killed three militants of the Pakistan-backed JeM, two of them Pakistani nationals identified as Kamran and Abdul Rashid alias Ghazi Umar. Kamran is suspected to be the mastermind of the Pulwama terror attack.
4 soldier martyred
The Army suffered a huge loss in the encounter that killed three terrorists on February 18 as five security personnel from the Indian Army lost their lives. The five security personnel are Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal (33), Havildar Sheo Ram (36), Sepoy Hari Singh (26), Sepoy Ajay Kumar (27) and Head Constable Abdul Rasheed. While seven others, including a Brigadier, Deputy Inspector General of Police and a Lieutenant Colonel, were injured in the 18-hour-long gunfight.