Hasina condemns militant attack in Kashmir

Modi calls all-party meeting today

Gautam Lahiri

16 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has condemned the Thursday’s militant attack in the India-administered Kashmir that killed 44 soldiers.

Sheikh Hasina, who is on an official visit to Germany, faxed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a letter on Thursday night, condemning the cowardly attack.

After receiving the message, Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi conveyed it to the Indian authorities concerned.

“Bangladesh is always vocal against all sorts of terrorism. The Awami League government has taken a zero tolerance stance on such crimes.        

The country has extended support to India and other countries in its anti-militant fight,” she said.

Hasina expressed deep sympathy to the bereaved members of the killed soldiers.

“I am individually and on behalf of the people of my country expressing the condolence and sympathy to the affected family members. I condemn the brutal attack. The people of Bangladesh are beside you [India] in any critical juncture,” she added.

Meanwhile, India on Friday withdrew the ‘most-favoured nation’ status to Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Ministry of External Affairs will initiate all possible steps to ensure complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan, which is expected to have a hand in the attack.

‘Most favoured nation status’ is given to an international trade partner to ensure non-discriminatory trade between all partner countries of the WTO.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday vowed retribution against India’s nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan, which it has blamed for a devastating car bomb that killed 44 paramilitary police in its restive Muslim-majority province of Kashmir.

After an emergency meeting with top security advisers on Friday morning, Modi said the Indian public’s “blood is boiling” and promised a “fitting reply” to those responsible for Thursday’s attack.

He said he had given “complete independence” to the armed forces, suggesting the likelihood of a military response.

Modi invited leaders of all parties to a meeting to be held today (Saturday) to decide next course of action and reach a national consensus on the issue.

Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a statement said his party will support whatever decision taken at the meeting.