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In one of the worst Terror Attack in J&K, 40 CRPF Personnel Martyred

Kingson Chingakham

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In one of the most deadliest terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a  suicide bomber jammed with 10-15 Kgs of RDX on a Scorpio SUV rammed into a CRPF bus. The bus with the largest fatality was one of the 78 vehicles ferrying around 2,500 CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar. The incident happened at the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Most of the men who sacrificed their lives just got back from leaves to join duty in Srinagar.

Jaish-e-Mohammad, a terror outfit, with its base in Pakistan, under the leadership of one of the most wanted terrorist leader Masood Azhar claimed responsibility for the attack. The suicide bomber has been identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, a  20 year old local resident from Pulwama District, South Kashmir.

Behind the Attack

In 1999, the hijackers of the Indian Airlines IC 814 demanded the release of Masood Azhar. The Indian government had to release Azhar in order to save the lives of the passengers on board. His nuisance started with suicide car bombings in 2000 in J&K. The terror organization was also responsible for the attack in the Indian Parliament in 2001. Azhar’s organization has been continuously planning and executing attacks in J&K and other security bases in India. The Pathankot and Uri attacks were all the brain work of this terror group.

India has been constantly trying to list Masood Azhar as a Global Terrorist under the United Nation Security Council Resolution 1267. There has been some issue with how the definition of “terrorism” is being perceived at the UN which will require an amendment. Pakistani Establishments have been supporting this terror organization with an excuse given on the definition of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorism.

The whole ‘idea of Pakistan’ is founded on the principle that India is a threat to the security of Pakistan and Kashmir is an integral part of Pakistan. Any act of violence and killings done to protect the idea of Pakistan has been justified int the name of jihad. Meanwhile, China has been also blocking India’s way at the UN in the process of diplomatic negotiations to include Azhar as Global Terrorist.

India’s Answer

Immediately after the attack, the Prime Minister convened a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to asses the situation and to decide future course of action. The CCS strongly condemned the coward act and resolved to isolate Pakistan diplomatically. The Joint Secretaries in charge of 17 territorial divisions in the Ministry of External Affairs have started reaching out to countries. The Ambassadors of different countries also had meetings in New Delhi to discuss this issue and collectively condemned the ineffectiveness of the Pakistani Government to curve this menace.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has been supporting Pakistan in its claim for Kashmir, also condemned this attack. This could be a serious blow to Pakistan because the country has been receiving aid from this organization and have been seeking bailout from the International Monetary Fund. The Indian Foreign Secretary also met the Ambassadors of the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council- the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France and Russia to discuss the course of action. The South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) members, of which Pakistan is also a member, strongly condemned this attack and have in unity spoken about isolating countries which supports terrorism.

India also withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan. As part of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement, if a  country gives MFN status to any country, it should not discriminate any other countries. Pakistan has not given MFN status to India yet. Though trade with Pakistan forms only about 0.4 per cent of overall India’s trade, it will definitely impact some parts of the economy. Revoking MFN status means that India can impose higher duties and tariffs on goods exported to Pakistan. Out of all the major exports, Pakistan is  largely dependent on India’s export of chemicals and cottons. This will result in the hike of cost of industrial outputs in Pakistan. Earlier, when the Uri attack happened, India had started tightening the MFN status but did not withdraw.

Questioning Intelligence & Infrastructure

There have been questions on the laxity of intelligence and infrastructure inadequacy. Though the Military budget in India increased from US$ 50 billion in 2017-18 to about US$ 56 billion in 2018-19, there have been many problems with the infrastructure. The Jammu & Srinagar highway is particularly prone to such attacks. We can not negate the fact that it becomes hard to verify all the thousands of alerts received by the intelligence everyday. The same thing happened in this attack.

The question is- why were the CRPF personnel not transported using armoured vehicles? Because there were about 2,500 personnel ferrying in 78 vehicles. Clearly, there is no enough armoured vehicles that can be arranged. Why were the CRPF personnel not flown by air? The same answer- the lack of finances and problems in  ‘Standard of Procedure’. Why do we have to continue playing with the lives of thousands of bravehearts who protect us day and night? As citizens, we pay taxes to get protection; why can’t we similarly make arrangements to protect and safeguard those who protect us?

Revenge or Not?

Put on the News Channels. They have demanded for a revenge. Will a revenge really solve this issue? That might temporarily heal the wounds but in long terms it will be of no help. What is needed at this moment is to engage with Pakistan, supporters of Pakistan and supporters of India to have a healthy dialogue to bring an overhaul in the foreign policy and to bring peace in both the countries. A revenge will be followed by another revenge and this cycle will continue. It is true that befitting answer needs to be given to the terrorists who killed our bravehearts. But it won’t be right to held a nation for a terrorist act. This will only inflict more hatred among the people in both the sides.

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