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India withdraws MFN status granted to Pak

After a high-level meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), India reacted sharply and withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status granted to Pakistan. The announcement was made by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Briefing the press after the important meeting along with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Jaitley said the Ministry of External Affairs will initiate all possible diplomatic steps to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan, evidence on whose involvement and having a direct hand in this terror attack was available.

“The ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status which was granted to Pakistan, stands withdrawn,” Arun Jaitley announced.

He further informed: “The Cabinet Committee on Security under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister took an assessment and discussed the Pulwama incident yesterday, in which a large number of CRPF personnel sacrificed their life. The committee observed a two-minute silence as well.”

The security forces will take all possible steps to ensure full security is maintained, Jaitley said, adding, “and to ensure those who have committed this heinous terrorist attack and those who supported actively are made to pay for it.”

Jaitley said once Home Minister Rajnath Singh returns from Jammu and Kashmir, where he is going today to take stock of the situation, the government will possibly call an all-party meeting tomorrow to discuss the incident.

Said to be one of the deadliest terrorist attacks ever, it claimed the lives of at least 40 CRPF personnel. A suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group rammed his vehicle carrying more than 100 kgs of explosives into a CRPF bus, part of a huge convoy, in Pulwama district yesterday afternoon.

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