In his first-ever interview after the deplorable Pulwama terror attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh highlighted how the world powers unite to back India on Pakistan-sponsored terror by calling it the "biggest diplomatic victory of India". Countries like US, Israel, France, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom among others unequivocally condemned the terror attack. Speaking to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, Home Minister said:
"Bharat ki isse badi diplomatic victory kya ho sakti hai ki atankwad ke sawal par, sari duniya ek jut hokar ek saath khadi hui hai. Ye humare Pradhan mantri ki bohot badi kamiyabi hai. (What could possibly be India's biggest diplomatic victory? This entire world has united against terrorism to support us. This is the biggest achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi also. "
Earlier on Thursday, the United Nations Security Council issued a strong note of condemnation and named the Jaish-e-Mohammad. The Modi government's efforts in the wake of the attack to garner global consensus against Pakistan's continued backing and export of terrorism have overcome months, potentially years, of China's backing for its 'all-weather friend'.
"The member of 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 member of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Indian people and the government of India, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured. The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security".
Earlier on February 15, 2019, India withdrew the most Favoured Nation (MFN) status accorded to Pakistan in light of the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama on the CRPF in which 37 jawans have been martyred, perpetrated by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e- Mohammad terror organisation founded by Masood Azhar.
Addressing a briefing immediately after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his 7, LKM residence, Union Minister Arun Jaitley announced that there was incontrovertible evidence of Pakistan's hand behind the ghastly terror attack, and accordingly, the MEA had been asked to take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure the "complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan", along with withdrawal of the MNF status that had been unilaterally been granted to Pakistan by India.
Moreover, the central government also hiked the basic customs duty on all goods imported from the neighbouring country to 200% with immediate effect. Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely announced the hike in customs duty and wrote: "India has withdrawn MFN status to Pakistan after the Pulwama incident. Upon withdrawal, basic customs duty on all goods exported from Pakistan to India has been raised to 200% with immediate effect".