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Pulwama terror attack: India withdraws Most Favoured Nation (MNF) status to Pakistan, says Jaitley

In the worst ever terror attack in the Valley, a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden Scorpio SUV into a CRPF bus in Pulwama in Kashmir.
By |New Delhi | Related News Pulwama attack: India says will make Pakistan pay, Opposition stands with govtChina refuses to change stance on listing JeMs Masood Azhar as global terrorist by UNStrong US-India relation core of our approach to Indo-Pacific: Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Arun Jaitley briefs media after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting (Express Photo by Anil Sharma)A day after 38 men of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmirs Pulwama district, India on Friday withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan.
Briefing the media after attending a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in New Delhi, senior Cabinet minister Arun Jaitley said the Ministry of External Affairs will launch an all-out effort to isolate Pakistan for orchestrating the dastardly attack on the CRPF personnel.Advertising The bus was ferrying over 40 soldiers, and was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles with 2,547 CRPF personnel, moving from Jammu to Srinagar.
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the bomber as a 20-year-old local resident from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Pulwama attack LIVE updatesThe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan of which incontrovertible is available of having a direct hand in this act, Jaitley said, adding that it will withdraw the MNF status granted to the neighbouring country in 1996.
Most Favoured Nation is a treatment accorded to a trade partner to ensure non-discriminatory trade between two countries vis-a-vis other trade partners. The importance of MFN is shown in the fact that it is the first clause in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
Under WTO rules, a member country cannot discriminate between its trade partners. If a special status is granted to a trade partner, it must be extended to all members of the WTO.
Soldiers deployed on the highway after the attack on Thursday. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said those who committed the heinous act will pay “a heavy price”.
“Those who did the heinous act will have to pay a heavy price. Those who supported it will definitely be punishment,” PM Modi said.
“To all my colleagues, in ruling and Opposition, it’s a sensitive time. We need to speak in one voice because this battle is for us to win.
As condemnation poured in from all quarters, Prime Minister Modi Thursday promised that the “sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain”, while Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who blamed Pakistan for the terror attack, said a “strong reply” will be given

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From 0 in 2016 to 60 in 2019: Jaish went from dormant to deadly in 3 years

Srinagar, Feb 15: The Jaish-e-Mohamamad on Thursday carried out one of the most lethal strikes in Jammu and Kashmir, in which nearly 44 CRPF jawans were martyred.
Jawans carry a victim after militants attacked a CRPF convoy in Goripora area of Awantipora town in Pulwama district.
Security officials have always warned that the Jaish is the deadliest terror group in the Valley and poses the highest threat due to the kind of attacks it can carry out. Ironically this group has grown leaps and bounds over the past couple of years.From being dormant, the Jaish has become the most dreaded groups in the Valley over the years.Also Read | Pulwama suicide attack: Both IB and police had warned of Jaish led strike Currently the Jaish has a terrorist strength of over 60 in the Valley.It has also created suicide and sniper squads in the Valley.The security forces say that while the Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Tayiba have been dented largely, the Jaish on the other hand has become deadlier.
The terror group did not have a single terrorist in the Valley in 2016. However in the past three years, it has managed to grow in terms of strength and numbers in the Valley.The Jaish headed by Maulana Masood Azhar was founded in 2000. However after making a deadly start in the Valley, it had become dormant for long.
It is since the Pathankot attack that we have begun to witness that the group has been raising its ugly head once again.The group may not have the numbers that the Hizbul Mujahideen has, but it is more deadly than another terror group in the Valley.If one were to do a comparison of the numbers, the Hizbul has anything between 200 to 300 operatives in comparison to 40 to 60 that the Jaish has.Now, what makes the Jaish so lethal? First and foremost, these terrorists are highly trained and have state of the art weapons.The M4 Carbine was first brought into the Valley by this group. The other factor is that the group puts in place a plan before staging an attack.It undergoes the entire process of recruitment, training, reconnaissance and then carrying out an attack.The Hizbul Mujahideen on the other hand shows its dominance through its numbers.
Most of their terrorists are untrained and do not have powerful weapons. The recent plea by the Hizbul Mujahideen commander through a video message complaining about the lack of weapons or outdated ones is a clear indicator of what the strength of the outfit is.An Intelligence Bureau official explains to OneIndia that the Hizbul was a fading outfit, brought back to life by a social media campaign by slain commander of the outfit, Burhan Wani. This went on to become a fad and their presence became restricted largely to the social media through which they indulged in propaganda.The Jaish on the other hand which is nurtured by the Pakistan army and ISI has grown in terms of strength. Pakistan has been investing more into this group and with a free flow of funds and access to the best possible weaponry has gone on to become extremely lethal.Moreover the Jaish focuses on big operations and attacks at Nagrota and Pathankot are proof of this.Also Read | Jaish bomber released a chilling video before striking at PulwamaOver the past couple of months, several local youth have been making a beeline towards this outfit.The Jaish, however uses only its Pakistani terrorists in big attacks. The locals are tasked with gathering information and logistics, security officials say.The choice of Pakistani terrorists for major attacks is due to the fact that they are highly trained. These terrorists undergo extensive training before they are launched into the Valley, officials also say.Officials also admit that the encounters with the Jaish terrorists especially those from Pakistan are the hardest. Firstly they are highly trained, secondly they have sophisticated weapons and more importantly they are ready to die.
They plan only in terms of fidayeen attacks and this makes the encounters difficult the officer added

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