NSA Ajit Doval breaks silence on Pulwama attack

In this October 25, 2018 file photo, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval gestures during his speech at Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture 2018, in New Delhi.
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Breaking his silence on the Pulwama terror attack, he says the country had neither forgotten it nor will it ever forget it.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said on March 19 that the country had neither forgotten the Pulwama terror attack nor will it ever forget it.This is the first time Mr. Doval is commenting on the terror attack that was followed by a precision air strike by the Indian Air Force on a training camp of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pakistan’s Balakot.Over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed on February 14 when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed his car into a CRPF bus at Pulwama in south Kashmir.Mr. Doval, who was the chief guest at the 80th Raising Day of the CRPF, said the country’s leadership was capable of reacting to and retaliating any act of terror.”What shall we do, what should be our intention, our path, our reaction, the country’s leadership is capable to decide…whether the action is against terrorists or those who support these terrorists. We are ready to challenge this.” The loss of the families of the CRPF personnel could not be compensated, but the entire country stood with them, the NSA said.PTI adds:’Enhance the professionalism’Mr. Doval asked the CRPF to not look back or worry about the past but enhance its professionalism, credibility training and physical strength. “If your morale is high, then the country’s future is safe,” he said.World history was replete with examples of constitutional crises and government collapsing when the internal security of a nation was threatened, he noted.The CRPF, he said, had to take a lead role in ensuring peace and law and order. “As the lead internal security force of the country, the CRPF has an onerous task on its shoulders to render the duties.”