As India grapples with the shock and grief of Pulwama terror attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday issued a stern warning to the terrorists and said they have to pay heavy price. Addressing media in New Delhi after the CCS meet, PM Modi said, “Our security forces have been given free hand. The forces behind this act of terrorism and those responsible for it, will be definitely be punished,” he said. “If our neighbour which is totally isolated in the world thinks it can destabilise India through its tactics and conspiracies, then it is making a big mistake,” PM Modi said without naming Pakistan.
“I exhort all to unite and fight against the scourge of terror. Our bravehearts put their lives on the line to achieve two things - security and development. I salute the them. 130 crore Indians will give a fitting reply to such an attack,” PM Modi said at the launch of the Vande Bharat Express.
As condolences poured in from around the globe, PM Modi expressed his gratitude to all world powers. “I am thankful to all nations which condemned Pulwama attack and urge them to come together to crush terrorism,” the Prime Minister said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan issued a midnight statement condemning the attack. However, Islamabad rejected that it was in any way involved in the attack. "We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations," the Foreign Office added.