Pulwama terror attack: Reactions from National and World leaders

New Delhi: Stating that sacrifices of brave security personnel shall not go in vain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he has spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other top officials regarding the situation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama.
“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. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly,” Modi tweeted.
“Today’s dastardly attack on crpf in Pulwama (J&K) is extremely painful and disturbing. I bow to each and every CRPF jawan who has sacrificed his life in service to the nation. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” says Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Condemning the attack, Union Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted, “Attack on CRPF in #Pulwama, J&K is a cowardice & condemnable act of terrorists. Nation salutes martyred soldiers and we all stand united with families of martyrs. We pray for speedy recovery of the injured. Terrorists will be given unforgettable lesson for their heinous act.”
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack. “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.
“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.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her condolences to the families of the CRPF soliders who were killed.
“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,” Mamata Benerjee tweeted.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the country must stand united in this moment of grief.
“Extremely shocking news coming from Pulwama (J&K). I strongly condemn the terror attack on CRPF convoy in which many casualties are feared. India must stand united in this moment of grief.”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi condoled the killing of CRPF personnel in a terror attack in Pulwama and said it had left him “deeply disturbed”.
“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.
Priyanka Gandhi said due to the death of our jawans it is not appropriate to hold a political discussion. She expressed her condolences and assured the whole country was standing with the bereaved families.
“Deepest condolences to the families of the 30 jawans martyred in a terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. I can very well understand the pain and grief of losing a loved one in the family.
“I want to say that not only the Congress party, but the entire country is standing shoulder to shoulder with the families of our brave soldiers.
“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,” she said in a release.
Countries from across the globe condemned the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district with nations such as the US, Russia and France asserting that they stand with India in combating the menace of terrorism.
The US condemned the terror attack and said it stands alongside India in defeating terrorism.
“The US Mission in India strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims,” US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster tweeted.
Russia, while condemning the terror attack, stressed the need to combat such “inhuman acts” with decisive and collective response without any double standards.
“We denounce terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive and collective response without any double standards,” a Russian Embassy statement said.
French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said France most firmly condemns the heinous attack perpetrated in Jammu & Kashmir.
“France has always been and always will be by India’s side in the fight against terrorism in all its forms,” he said.
Germany strongly condemned the heinous terrorist attack, saying stands by its strategic partner India.
Australia, Turkey, Canada and Czech Republic also condemned the horrific terror attack.
India’s neighbors Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives also expressed solidarity and vowed to combat the menace of terrorism jointly.
“I strongly condemn the deadly terrorist attack in Kashmir today killing at least 40 people. We send our thoughts and prayers to those affected. The Maldives will continue to work with India and the international community to combat terrorism in our region and the world at large,” Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih said.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a message through the country’s High Commission, here, said her country remains steadfast in its commitment against terrorism of all forms and manifestations and maintains a zero tolerance policy against any kind of terrorist activities.
Bangladesh would continue to work and cooperate with international community including India to eradicate the menace of terrorism, she said.
“Deeply saddened by the news of the horrific terrorist attack in Kashmir. Bhutan strongly condemns terrorist attack of any nature. Our prayers are with the grieved family and we are following the situation closely,” Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering said.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena expressed sadness over the dastardly terror attack, saying the world must condemn such brutal terrorist attacks and take effective action to prevent such incidents in future.
(with the input of PTI and news dispatches)

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