93 terrorist killed,since Pulwama attack
Pulwama (File Photo)

New Delhi: As many as 93 terrorists have been neutralised by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir since the Pulwama terror attack, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The minister said as compared to the corresponding period of 2018, the first half of this year has witnessed a reduction in terrorists initiated incidents by 28 per cent, reduction in net infiltration by 43 per cent and increase in the neutralisation of terrorists by 22 per cent.

“Till date, 93 terrorists have been neutralised by the security forces since Pulwama attack,” he said in a written reply.

Reddy said an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the attack so far has resulted in the identification of the conspirators, the suicide attacker and the vehicle provider.

“The operations on the ground have resulted in the neutralisation of the conspirator, his associate and the vehicle owner,” he said.

Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed on 14 February in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in a suicide attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group.

The attack has heightened bilateral tensions with both New Delhi and Islamabad calling back their envoys.

Indian Overseas Congress-USA (IOC-USA) also strongly condemned the terror attack. The organisation’s Secretary-General Harbachan Singh called on India to take decisive action against those responsible for the attack.

IOC-USA Vice Chairman George Abraham said the US must evaluate all its military aid programmes to Pakistan.

The international community “ought to condemn Pakistan for aiding and abetting terrorists in its territory for the specific purpose of disturbing peace and security in the sub-continent and around the world. Pakistan is not interested in peace but instead profiting from the endless conflict in Afganistan and Kashmir,” Abraham said.

After the Pulwama terror attack, whereas India is making efforts to isolate Pakistan, measures are also being taken to ensure such incidents don’t recur.