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Pulwama attack: After scrapping MNF status, Government hikes customs duty on all Pak imports to 200%

File photo of Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 16, 2019, 08.33 PM (IST)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced that customs duty on all goods imported from Pakistan will be hiked to 200 per cent with immediate effect.

The move comes a day after India scrapped MFN (Most Favoured Nation) status to Pakistan in the wake of Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

New Delhi has also decided to give a dossier to FATF, an international terror financing watchdog, to expose the neighbouring country's links with terrorism and seeking its blacklisting, news agency PTI reported.

According to reports, security agencies are preparing the dossier with the evidence gathered so far related to the attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad and the help being provided to the outfit by the country.

This will be a dossier on Pakistani agencies' links with the JeM and how the terror group is being aided by them, a security official said. The details of the terror attacks carried out by the JeM in the past will be mentioned in the document, PTI reported.

The Paris-headquartered Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will also be told through the dossier how the Pakistani agencies are providing funds to the JeM, an official told PTI.

In the next meeting of the FATF, India will also press for the blacklisting of Pakistan so that that action can be taken against the country, another official said. The FATF plenary and working group meetings will be held in Paris next week.

Earlier in the day, an all-party meeting called by Centre to deliberate upon the situations arising out of Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir passed a resolution strongly condemning the ''dastardly terror act''. 

The meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh released the resolution which read, "We strongly condemn the dastardly terror act of 14th February at Pulwama in J&K in which lives of 40 brave jawans of CRPF were lost".

The resolution did not name Pakistan but asserted that India has been facing the menace of the cross-border terrorism which of late, it added, is being actively encouraged by forces from the neighbouring country.

Over 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist rammed a vehicle carrying over massive explosives into their bus on Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Thursday at around 3.15 pm at Ladhu Modi Lethpora. The convoy consisted of 78 buses in which around 2,500 CRPF personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.

The Central government has also stepped up diplomatic efforts to mount pressure on the Government of Pakistan to take action against those who have been indulging in exporting terror to India.

(With inputs from PTI)

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The move comes a day after India scrapped MFN (Most Favoured Nation) status to Pakistan in the wake of Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.