India withdraws Most Favoured Nation Status for Pakistan

Taking a belligerent move just a day after its 44 soldiers were killed in Indian Occupied Kashmir, New Delhi has withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) Status for Pakistan.

The decision to withdraw the MFN Status for Pakistan granted in 1996 was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) held in New Delhi on Friday with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Chair.

The move was taken as a “diplomatic measure to ensure the global isolation of Pakistan,” as earlier indicated by the Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a tweet.

Meanwhile talking to media after the CCS meeting, Arun Jaitley said, “The most favoured nation status granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.”

The Indian reaction was triggered by a suicide blast which struck a Convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPC) on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Pulwama District of Indian Occupied Kashmir, killing at least 44 soldiers.

Soon after the attack on CRPC Convoy, the Indian government as well as media hurled accusations against Pakistan for backing Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), an extremist group, which allegedly carried out the attack.

In the meantime, Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood was summoned in New Delhi, to whom a strong protest was lodged by the Indian government over the Pulwama attack.

The Foreign Office in Islamabad expressed grave concern on the attack in Pulwama area of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, but also strongly rejected the insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to Pakistan without investigations.

On the other hand, the former Chief Minister Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah while talking to Indian TV Channel ABP News also lambasted the government in New Delhi for blaming Pakistan for Pulwama attack.

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Omar Abdullah said that New Delhi must now understand that use of force won’t work anymore in Jammu and Kashmir, and it must negotiate with Kashmiris and remove their grievances.