15 February 2019
New Delhi: Those behind the terrorist attack in Pulwama will have to pay a "heavy price", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, condemning Thursday's attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel that claimed over 40 lives.
"The terrorists have made a big mistake. You will have to pay a very heavy price. I assure everyone that the forces behind the attack, we will bring them to justice," PM Modi said in an address in Delhi after chairing a top level security meeting with senior ministers.
Modi warned Pakistan that the attack such as the one on CRPF soldiers in Pulwama will not weaken India and those responsible will have to pay a "very heavy price".
In a hard-hitting speech, Modi said security forces will be given complete freedom to crack down on terrorism, and the "blood of the people is boiling".
"Our neighbouring country thinks such terror attacks can weaken us, but their plans will not materialise."
“To all my colleagues, in ruling and Opposition, it’s a sensitive time. We need to speak in one voice because this battle is for us to win."
“We will face this together. We will not let those forces who want to destroy us be successful. We will not leave the dreams of those who died for us yesterday unfulfilled,” PM Modi added.
On Thursday, an explosives laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar killing at least 45 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.
"My condolences to families of those martyred in the Pulwama attack, those behind the terror strike will pay a very heavy price," Modi said.
"I am thankful to all nations which condemned the Pulwama attack and urge them to come together to crush terrorism," the prime minister said.