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Rahul Gandhi questions Government on Pulwama Attack Anniversary

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised three questioned as he paid tributes to the martyrs of Pulwama attack.

Gandhi had initially revealed solidarity with the government and the security forces after the attack in February last year. The whole Opposition attains united with the security forces and the government Gandhi had stated in the result of the attack.

But in subsequent months, as Lok Sabha election drew near, he stepped campaign against the prime minister and the BJP-led NDA government’s policy to deal with terrorism. India is marking the first anniversary of the Pulwama attack, the deadliest in decades on security forces in the region, by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on February 14, 2019.

At least 40 CRPF jawans were killed after the convoy of 78 buses, in which around 2,500 personnel were traveling from Jammu to Srinagar, in the attack.

Following the dastardly attack, India launched extensive diplomatic efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist, which finally became a reality on May 1 last year when China lifted its technical hold on a proposal introduced by the US, the UK, and France in the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council.

Around 12 days after the terror attack, in the wee hours of February 26, Indian Air Force (IAF) jets bombed the JeM camp in Balakot, in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The decision to carry out airstrikes was taken within 24 hours of the Pulwama attack, with the government giving the Air Force two weeks to select terror targets and launch airstrikes against them, three people familiar with the planning of the mission said, asking not to be named. The Balakot strikes are a classified operation.

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