Pulwama terror attack: Cabinet meet on security begins in Delhi

The Cabinet Committee on Security meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started in New Delhi.

The Cabinet is expected to discuss the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the deadly terror attack on a CRPF convoy killed at least 40 personnel.

The meeting is being attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, NSA Ajit Doval, Finance minister Arun Jaitley and other officials. Rajnath will later head to Kashmir.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has cancelled all political events in the backdrop of yesterday’s Pulwama terror attack.

Rajnath Singh, who has cancelled all his political engagements in Bihar, is also scheduled to visit Srinagar to conduct review meetings with senior security and police officials

According to the Sources, a team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will reach the blast site to assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the spot. An IG rank officer of the NIA will lead the team.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah in series of tweet blamed governor Satya Pal Malik for failing in his primary responsibility

“The Governor of J&K has failed in his primary responsibility. He compounds things by preferring to appear on every single news channel he can find rather than rush to the valley to meet the injured and yet somehow Mehbooba & I are to blame for everything,” Omar said.

“It’s mind-boggling that the biggest ever terrorist attack in J&K takes place & yet for some channels/talking heads the only people NOT accountable are the central government & the governor’s administration,” Omar added.

Omar further said, “Dear Governor Malik, some unsolicited advice from a person who has governed J&K for 6 years. Pls stop giving interviews, let your advisors do it. You will only make things worse by trying to talk your way out of this situation.”

“Please take the state plane & fly to Srinagar, visit the injured. Convene an urgent UHQ meeting & take stock of the situation. This should have been done yesterday but yesterday you were too busy passing the buck,” Omar said.

“You are a politician & obviously your first instinct will be to play politics, but this is neither the time nor the occasion. Please suppress your desire to politicise everything & instead be a statesman for once. The nation will appreciate that more even if your party might not,” Omar tweeted.

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti took to her twitter account and tweeted. “Stunned at his refusal to acknowledge grave security lapse despite intelligence inputs. Why were 2000 CRPF men allowed to travel in a convoy? Is air travel only for political elites? Defies common sense. Easy to blame us.J&K under guv rule so he cant abdicate responsibility.”