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Pulwama: No More Business As Usual

Pulwama aftermath

Barely days after Pulwama which has had the whole nation united in grief and rage, PM Modi has pulled out all the stops in giving a prompt, determined and a decisive response to the ghastly incident. Unlike earlier occasions when the government of the day had dithered somewhat soft-pedalling the provocations, this time around, the firm signalling about a befitting reply with a degree of finality to the terror outfits and their patrons from across the border, has come right from the top leadership of the government.

What the Govt has done already
No more business as usual: Free hand to Indian army

Soon after the tragedy in his first address to the nation, when Mr Modi announced the giving of a free hand to the army, he would have directly communicated to the handlers of JeM across the border that this was no ordinary moment. At the same time, this was no decision moved by raw emotions. Instead, by giving the armed forces the carte blanche, the government has handed over the responsibility of setting things right to the professionals who are mandated and trained to ensure the security of our country.

Going after those who matter

Within days, the security forces had gunned down Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, the JeM commander in Kashmir and the Pulwama mastermind leaving no one in doubt what the intention of the government was. Since Ghazi was also one of the closest aides of JeM Chief Masood Azhar, it effectively has broken the back of JeM in the valley. As announced in a press conference by the army, JeM leadership has been eliminated from Kashmir valley. Furthermore, India is not only demanding immediate and verifiable action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and its leader Masood Azhar, it has issued a clear warning to those involved to either surrender or face certain death. At the same press conference, the Indian army has asked the mothers of terrorists to request their sons to surrender and join the mainstream.

Withdrawal of Security of Separatist leaders

The government has also given a tough signal to the separatist leaders who had been for years enjoying government security at the expense of the taxpayers while apparently working at the behest of their masters from PoK and Pakistan.  Some of the top separatists whose security cover was taken away include Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi, Fazal Haq Qureshi and Shabir Shah.

Hitting where it hurts: Withdrawal of MFN

On the same day of the tragedy, the government removed the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status granted to Pakistan raising immediately the customs duty by a massive 200% on goods exported by it to India. An already-struggling Pakistani economy will find it harder to deal with this economic blow possibly leading to the Pakistani public questioning their government support to the terrorists.

Diplomatic isolation of Pakistan internationally

In the immediate aftermath, Indian called its High Commissioner from Pakistan while serving a strong demarche to the neighbouring country. Also, India has held meetings with 25 countries including the P5 nations US, China, Russia, the UK and France apprising them on the attack and building a consensus on the role of Pakistan in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy. The international community has already condemned the incident in the strongest of languages and thrown its weight behind India.

Presenting a united front

Importantly, by bringing the whole of opposition along, the government has managed to successfully forge a political unanimity of sorts leaving no scope for any mischief by the enemies of this country.

Therefore, in less than 100 hours, Modi government has made its intent loud and clear.