Mumbai: After Pakistan’s Federal Minister said that the Pulwama terror attack was an achievement under PM Imran Khan, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar slammed Congress and asked them to apologize to the country.
His statement comes after Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhary admitted his country’s role in the Pulwama attack last year. Chaudhry, the science and technology minister in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Cabinet, had said on the floor of parliament that Pakistan had entered India and beaten it on its own soil.
“Pakistan has admitted its hand behind Pulwama terror attack. Now, Congress and others who talked of conspiracy theories must apologize to the country,” Javadekar, the Union information, and broadcasting minister, tweeted on Friday.
Pakistan has admitted its hand behind Pulwama terror attack. Now, Congress and others who talked of conspiracy theories must apologise to the country.
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) October 30, 2020
Chaudhary made the remarks while replying to comments by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legalist Ayaz Sadiq. Sadiq had said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was shaken by the prospect of an Indian attack to free Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was shot down in a dogfight amid a standoff in February last year.
“The confidence with which he [Sadiq] said such things, that Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s legs were shaking because India was about to attack. Hum ne Hindustan ko ghus ke mara hai (We went inside India and hit them),” Chaudhry said, speaking in Urdu. “And our success in Pulwama, that was the success of this nation under Imran Khan’s leadership,” he added.
This is the first time a Pakistan minister has admitted what India has long maintained — that the country, directly and indirectly, encourages and supports terror groups that target India. Forty troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a bus, part of a convoy of security forces, in Pulwama on February 14, 2019.