In an apparent admission, a Cabinet minister in the Imran Khan government has informed the National Assembly that Pakistan was responsible for the Pulwama attack. Notably, 40 Indian paramilitary troopers were killed in the terrorist attack.
Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhary said in the National Assembly that: “Humne Hindustan ko ghus ke maara (We hit India in their home). Our success in Pulwama is the success of the people under the leadership of Imran Khan. You and we are all part of that success.”
However, as the statement resulted in an uproar in the National Assembly, the minister backtracked. He rephrased his line as: “Pulwama ke waqiyeh ke baad, jab humne India ko ghus ke maara (When we hit India in their home after the incident at Pulwama”.
Fawad Chaudhury’s admission on Pulwama came in a debate over opposition leader Ayaz Sadiq’s recent disclosure about a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa after the aerial encounter.
Fawad Chaudhary was responding to Ayaz Sadiq
Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday claimed that the Imran Khan government had abruptly released IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman fearing an attack by India. Last February, the Indian Air Force pilot was captured by Pakistan after the ugly dogfight between Pakistani and Indian pilots.
He had said: “I remember Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in the meeting in which Imran Khan had refused to attend and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa came into the room, his legs were shaking and he was perspiring. The foreign minister said for God`s sake let Abhinandan go, India is about to attack Pakistan at 9 PM.”
Pulwama attack and India’s response
India had responded to the February 14 suicide attack on a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Pulwama with airstrikes on a terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot. Pakistan retaliated by sending fighter jets to target Indian military installations.
The strike was blocked by the Indian Air Force but an Indian plane went down across the Line of Control and its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani forces. He was released two days later.
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