Union Minister Arun Jaitley announced the effort to be undertaken to call for complete isolation of the terror-friendly neighbour from the international community in the light of the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama on the CRPF in which 37 jawans have been martyred.
After withdrawing the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status unilaterally granted to Pakistan, Union Minister affirmed that there is "incontrovertible evidence" of the Pakistan role in the terror attack, after terrorist Masood Azhar's Jaish-e-Mohammad, a UN-designated terror organisation claimed responsibility for the attack.
Union Minister said, "We have requested the Ministry of External Affairs to take all possible diplomatic measures in order to ensure that there is complete isolation of Pakistan from the international community for having actively participated and encouraged this act of terrorism. There is incontrovertible evidence of the Pakistani hand in this gruesome terror incident. The PM also decided and informed the CCS that MFN status given by India, unilaterally by Pakistan for the purposes of trade will stand withdrawn."
Jaitley that the Ministry of External Affairs will call the global community to reach a consensus at the United Nations for approving "comprehensive convention on international terrorism"
He said, "MEA will also lead an effort to mobilise the international community so that a consensus can be reached at the United Nations for approving the comprehensive convention on international terrorism, which has been pending there since 1986."
"There is some discussion between nations on the definition of the word terrorism and therefore we will try and force a consensus on that issue itself. Our security forces will make sure internal peace and calm is maintained and take all apt security measures required for this purpose. Additionally, all security forces will also ensure those who have indulged in this act and those who have actively supported this will pay a heavy cost," he added.
The global community have extended their solidarity with India, shunning the terrorist attack in strong words:
"The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a late night statement on Thursday.
Russia President Vladimir Putin said, "Please accept my most sincere condolences in connection with the death of Indian law enforcement officers as a result of the terrorist act in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We strongly condemn this brutal crime. Perpetrators and sponsors of this attack should be punished. I would like to confirm the readiness for the further strengthening of counter-terrorism cooperation with our Indian partners. Russia shares the grief of the friendly people of India and hopes for the speedy recovery of the injured."
"France has always been and will always be alongside India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms. I call on each state to effectively combat terrorist networks and their funding channels and to prevent the cross-border movement of terrorist groups, such as Jaish-e-Mohamed, who has claimed responsibility for this attack."
"Deeply shocked by today’s terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir. Our thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. Australia stands in solidarity with India in condemning all forms of terrorism."
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, "At this sad moment, we stand by the people and government of India. We offer was condolences to the members of the families who lost their dear ones. Our thoughts and prayers are speedy recovery of those who got injured. Bangladesh remains steadfast in its commitment against terrorism of all forms and maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any kind of terrorist activities. We would continue to work and cooperate with international community including India to eradicate menace of terrorism ."
"Israel strongly condemns the terror attack in Pulwama and stands by our Indian friends during this difficult hour. We send our deepest condolences to CPRF and their families, people of India and the Indian government following the terrible #KashmirTerrorAttack ."
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, "I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack in Kashmir's Pulwama district — the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. I express my condolences to PM Modi and the families of police officers who lost their lives."
"Germany condemns terrorism in all forms. We're gravely shocked and deeply saddened. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. Germany stands with its strategic partner India."