‘We did not forget, we did not forgive:’ India marks 1 year since attack that killed 40 soldiers & led to Kashmir flare-up

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Tributes to the servicemen that lost their lives in the February 14, 2019 attack in Kashmir’s disputed Pulwama district were led by PM Narendra Modi and other top government, as well as military, officials.

“They were exceptional individuals who devoted their lives to serving and protecting our nation. India will never forget their martyrdom,” Modi tweeted early Friday morning.

Tributes to the brave martyrs who lost their lives in the gruesome Pulwama attack last year. They were exceptional individuals who devoted their lives to serving and protecting our nation. India will never forget their martyrdom.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2020

Denouncing the bombing as a “dastardly attack,” Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that India “will never forget their sacrifice.”

Entire nation stands united against terrorism and we are committed to continue our fight against this menace.

Remembering the fallen @crpfindia personnel who were martyred during the dastardly attack in Pulwama(J&K) on this day in 2019. India will never forget their sacrifice. Entire nation stands united against terrorism and we are committed to continue our fight against this menace.

— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) February 14, 2020

The message was echoed by Home Minister Amit Shah, who tweeted that the Indian people “would be forever grateful” to those who “made supreme sacrifice for the sovereignty and integrity” of the nation.

India’s Central Reserve Police Force, which the slain servicemen belonged to, vowed to avenge their deaths, tweeting: “WE DID NOT FORGET, WE DID NOT FORGIVE.”

“तुम्हारे शौर्य के गीत, कर्कश शोर में खोये नहीं।गर्व इतना था कि हम देर तक रोये नहीं।”WE DID NOT FORGET, WE DID NOT FORGIVE: We salute our brothers who sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation in Pulwama. Indebted, we stand with the families of our valiant martyrs. pic.twitter.com/GfzzLuTl7R

— 🇮🇳CRPF🇮🇳 (@crpfindia) February 13, 2020

A special memorial that features plaques for all 40 soldiers was unveiled two kilometers from the site of the attack.

Jammu and Kashmir: Tributes being paid to the 40 CRPF jawans who lost their lives in #PulwamaAttack last year, at the memorial at CRPF’s Lethpora camp, in Srinagar. (ANI) pic.twitter.com/y5chfbxwPd

— Times of India (@timesofindia) February 14, 2020

The February terrorist attack fueled tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad, bringing the two nuclear-armed powers almost to the point of a major military conflict. Retaliating to the attack by the hardline Islamist Jaish-e-Mohammed group, India struck what it claimed was the militants’ training camp on Pakistani territory. Islamabad, however, vehemently denied allegations that it was harboring terrorists.

The flare-up escalated into intense cross-border shelling and culminated in an aerial dogfight that saw an Indian jet being downed and its pilot captured by the Pakistani military.

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