On 14th February, 2019, 40 CRPF soldiers were killed while they were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. This catastrophic incident took place through a vehicle borne suicide bomb. While Pakistan based militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad took the responsibility for the attack, a local member Adil Ahmed Dar was identified as the attacker.
The news of the attack was met by serious criticism by world media and an unsettling demand for war and revenge by the general public. The news started spreading when someone circulated the mutilated remains of the CRPF soldiers (allegedly from the place of action) which were afterwards, ruled out to be fake. The social media is serving as a catalyst to this chain reaction that is spreading hatred towards Pakistan. About 40 soldiers were killed and while acknowledging the seriousness of the events, Donald Trump said,
“There’s a terrible thing going on right now between Pakistan and India. It’s a very very bad situation and it is a dangerous situation between the two countries. We would like to see it stop. Lot of people were just killed.”
He claimed that the relations between Pakistan and the US have improved over the last few months. While retaining the diplomacy of his answers he acknowledged that these are indeed very hard times and we all need to work towards saving lives as 40 people were killed already and he can understand India’s pain.
Struck by grief and despair, Indians in the US held a protest outside the Pakistan, China consulate offices. The indirect involvement of China in all these situations is quite visible and is being constantly criticized by the people. China tried to delay UN Security Council’s statement on the Pulwama attack by opposing the mention of ‘terrorism’ in the statement.
The UNSC statement, where it identified the perpetrators of this attack as JeM, is as follows:
“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in over 40 Indian paramilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, 2019, for which Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility,”.
“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard,” UNSC further added in its official statement.
The Financial Action Task Force condemned the Pulwama attacks and continues keeping Pakistan on its ‘grey list’ making it hard for Pakistan to get international loans. The FATF criticized Pakistan and presented its concerns in the following statement,
“Pakistan does not demonstrate a proper understanding of the terror financing risks posed by JuD, LeT, JeM, and persons affiliated with the Taliban … Pakistan should continue to work on implementing its action plan to address its strategic deficiencies.”
The lone efforts of some nations might not be futile but are surely tiring when nations like China and Saudi Arabia keep on supporting Pakistan and Europe still go on providing it with trading opportunities. While the government is laden with the pressure of acting in this situation, they also need to be diplomatic with the 2019 elections just around the corner. The government actions that might follow the aftermath of this unfortunate event will have a huge impact on the way people will perceive and elect the next government. All these factors are not important and are affecting the way in which government is responding to this situation.
Sources: India Today, News18, HT, The Hindu, Businesstoday.in
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