Govt calls all-party meet over Pulwama attack, Congress offers full support

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called an all-party meeting, for the first time on national security issues, to discuss Thursday’s terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, in which 40 soldiers were killed and many more are battling for their lives.

This meeting, scheduled for Saturday, will be the first of its kind called by the ruling NDA under Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of a terror attack. The agenda of the meeting, it is understood, is to seek a unanimous view of India’s future course of action.

Given the terror attacks in Pathankot, Uri and Nagrota, this will be the first time that the ruling party will try and build a consensus on the actions India should take in days to come.

The last time an all-party meeting was held in the backdrop of a terror attack was in September 2016, when the government decided to brief representatives of all the parties after it had carried out surgical strikes across LoC. It was just a briefing, not a consultation. The difference here is that the government this time is holding an all-party before taking an apparent, decisive action against Pakistan.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley at the end of a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, informed journalists that the status of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) to Pakistan was being withdrawn. Jaitley also said that there was “incontrovertible evidence against Pakistan in this attack.”

This could be only the first in a series of coordinated diplomatic and military responses that the government is considering against Pakistan after terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, which is based its soil, claimed responsibility for the attack.

What is also remarkable is the stance adopted by the Rahul Gandhi, president of the principal opposition party, the Congress. In a press conference held in the capital on Friday morning, Gandhi said that he and his Congress party would support the government and would “not get into any other discussion for the next couple of days”. “I will support the government and jawans in this difficult time,” he added.

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