Tragedy struck India when on the fateful evening of February 14, 2019, a suicide bomber, identified as Adil Ahmad Dar riding an SUV laden with explosives, rammed into a CRPF convoy of 70 vehicles at Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, founded by Masood Azhar has taken responsibility for the reprehensible act. The sheer scale of the attack has not only sent a chilling message to the global community, it has once again united global leaders in their quest to eliminate terror.
Since the dastardly act of violence took place on the Indian soil, several nations have sent condolences condemning the terrorist attack, reinforcing their resolute position to deal with all acts of terror with an iron hand.
The U.N Secretary General António Guterres’s office condemned the attack and called for all those guilty to be brought to justice, “We call for those behind the attack to be brought to justice.”
1. United States
United States of America strongly condemned the Pulwama attack and appealed to other Nations to deny any sort of support to Pakistan. Several other US lawmakers too joined in condemnation of the terrorist attack including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel who said that countries must not allow terrorist groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed to operate with impunity.
Tulsi Gabbard, the Indian American Presidential candidate also condemned the terrorist attack. She tweeted, “We stand with the people of India in condemning the terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir, and send our condolences and prayers to the victims families. We must all stand up against these jihadists and their ideology. #KashmirTerrorAttack”
A statement issued by the Embassy of Russian Federation said, “We denounce terrorism in all its forms and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive and collective response without any double standards. We express condolences to families of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to injured.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin in a message to Shri Narendra Modi said, “We strongly condemn this brutal crime. The perpetrators and sponsors of this attack, undoubtedly, should be duly punished.”
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack on CRPF personnel and “expressed sympathy and deep condolences to the Indian government and people, and the families of the soldiers who fell victim to the incident”.
Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison in a message to India, called the terrorist attack on CRPF jawans at Pulwama, a heinous act. He also sent condolences to families of victims and the injured.
5. Sri Lanka
President of Sri Lanka, Shri Maithripala Sirisena in his tweet to the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi expressed sadness over the terror attack on CRPF jawans. He also said in his tweet, that the world must condemn such brutal attacks and take effective action to prevent such incidents in future.
The High Commission for People’s Republic of Bangladesh, New Delhi conveyed heartfelt condolences for the loss of CRPF troops in a dastardly act of violence. The letter reaffirmed Bangladesh’s zero tolerance policy against all kinds of terrorist activities and cooperation with international community to eradicate the menace of terrorism.
President of Republic of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih strongly condemned the deadly terrorist attack and extended support to combat terrorism in the region and the world at large.
I strongly condemn the deadly terrorist attack in Kashmir today killing at least 40 people. We send our thoughts and prayers to those affected. The Maldives will continue to work with India and the international community to combat terrorism in our region and the world at large.
— Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (@ibusolih) February 14, 2019
President Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa, extended condolences to the Government and people of India following the unjustifiable and cowardly attack. As per the issued statement, there was no place for terrorism in society and acts like these constitute a threat to development, peace and security. South Africa will continue to support regional and international efforts to address all forms of terrorism.
Prime Minister of Bhutan, one of India’s immediate neighbors sent his prayers to grieved families and strongly condemned the act of terror in Pulwama. The PM also mentioned that Bhutan was closely following the situation in India.
Deeply saddened by the news of the horrific terrorist attack in Kashmir. Bhutan strongly condemns terrorist attack of any nature. Our prayers are with the grieved family and we are following the situation closely.
— PM Bhutan (@PMBhutan) February 14, 2019
Honorable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada issued a statement that strongly condemned the terrorist attack and offered deepest condolences to friends and families of those killed and injured in the attack. It also stated, ‘Canada remained steadfast in its support of the global fight against terrorism. We stand in solidarity with the government and the people of India in the fight to prevent radicalization and defeat terrorism in all its forms’.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain, condemned the terrorist attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama. The Nation also offered sincere condolences and reaffirmed Bahrain’s solidarity with India against all forms of terrorism, renewing its rejection of violence, extremism and terrorism in all forms. It called for concerted global efforts to eliminate this scourge.
As the world comes together and resolves to fight all manifestations and forms of terror, irrespective of the motive that drives such repugnant activities, it is certain that Pakistan stands to be isolated in the near future.