Indians are seething over last week’s deadly attack on a paramilitary police convoy in Jammu & Kashmir. And at least a section of them—within India and abroad—have assumed a vicious stridency against just about anyone who doesn’t toe their line in the aftermath of the attack. Over 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), in charge of security in the restive state, died in Pulwama town on Feb. 14 after a local cadre of the Pakistan-based terrorist outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammed, rammed his improvised explosive device-laden SUV into a bus ferrying them.
The last five days have been a game changer. From Rahul Gandhi announcing that he would back the ruling government on this to Indians demanding war on Pakistan, we’ve seen it all. The Pulwama incident has triggered a series of events that will not only modify India – Pakistan relations, but will also significantly alter the dynamics within the country.
Here are 10 things that have happened since the tragedy which struck the nation:
1. India’s decision to completely isolate Pakistan
India has said it will ensure the “complete isolation” of Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed 46 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir.
It claims to have “incontrovertible evidence” of its neighbour’s involvement. There had been an increase in insurgency in Kashmir in the recent past. Apparently, India had carried out a string of counter insurgency operations in the region, which caused Pakistan to retaliate in this manner.
2. Congress decides to stand by BJP government
The Congress extended its support to the government over the issue. Party president Rahul Gandhi said, “The entire opposition will stand together with our jawans and our government.”
“This is a terrible tragedy. This type of violence done against our security forces is absolutely disgusting. The aim of terrorism is to divide this country and we are not going to be divided. This is a time of mourning. This is a time of sadness. This is a time of respect. We are fully supportive of the Government of India and our security forces.” Gandhi said.
3. India withdraws MFN status from Pakistan
India announced the withdrawal of the MFN status for Pakistan, following the deadly terror attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
MFN status — provided to Pakistan in 1996 — was meant to ensure non-discriminatory trade practices. Pakistan, however, has not reciprocated with a similar MFN status to India. As regards trade practices before the withdrawal of MFN status, both Pakistan and India allowed all goods to be imported and exported from their respective countries, except for a specific list of items that were banned.
4. Complete ban on Pakistani artists
All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) announced a total ban on Pakistani actors and artists working in Indian film industry. Even actor Salman Khan has replaced Pakistani Singer Atif Aslam’s song from upcoming production Notebook.
5. No bilateral cricketing ties between India Pakistan
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has called for a ban in cricket ties with Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack which left 40 CRPF soldiers martyred. Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla made it clear that there is no possibility of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan unless they get government’s nod.
6. Army major martyred in an attempt to defuse IED in Nowshera
A major-rank Army officer was killed in an IED blast near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu Kashmir’s Nowshera sector. The incident comes two days after the deadly Pulwama attack. The major died while defusing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which had been planted by terrorists. The IED was planted 1.5 kms inside the Line of Control in Rajouri district’s Naushera sector. The officer is from the Corps of Engineers.
7. Indian Armed Forces seek revenge by taking down mastermind behind Pulwama tragedy
In a big breakthrough, security forces on Monday gunned down top Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander Abdul Rasheed Ghazi alias Kamran, in a 12-hour-long encounter with multiple JeM terrorists in Pulwama area.
Four of our own men were martyred in the encounter; while this in no way compensates for the tremendous loss, it certainly proves that the Indian army will not take it lying down.
8. Pakistan super league goes off air globally
IMG-Reliance was to look after the live coverage of matches by providing manpower and other infrastructural support for broadcast through different TV channels in different nations.
In a mark of protest against the Pulwama terror attack, IMG-Reliance on Sunday announced its withdrawal as official production partner from the Pakistan Super League (PSL), a Twenty20 cricket tournament.
9. Kashmiri students become the target of ‘nationalists’
Many Kashmiri youth studying in various parts of India, throughout the day, alleged that they were harassed in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.
10. Custom duty on goods imported from Pakistan hiked to 200 %
Taking strong economic action against Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack , India raised the customs duty to 200 per cent on all goods imported from the neighbouring country. Slapping an import duty of 200 per cent effectively means almost banning the imports from Pakistan.