Pakistani Minister admits Pulwama attack on Indian soldiers, later changes tack
Islamabad/New Delhi/IBNS: Embarrassing his Prime Minister Imran Khan, who tries to internationalise the Jammu and Kashmir issue, a Pakistani Minister on Thursday admitted the country's attack on Indian soldiers in Pulwama in 2019, only to change tack following an uproar in the assembly.
"We hit India in their home. Our success in Pulwama, is a success of the people under the leadership of Imran Khan. All of us are a part of that success," Pakistani Minister Fawad Chaudhry said.
As his statement was followed by an uproar, Chaudhry said, "When we hit India in their home after the incident at Pulwama....."
Pakistan Cabinet Minister @fawadchaudhry says that Pulwama was a big success for @ImranKhanPTI— Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) (@majorgauravarya) October 29, 2020
Imagine...an elected representative of the people of Pakistan is calling a suicide bombing in which 40 innocent people died, a success for PM of Pakistan. @FATFNews please note. @UN pic.twitter.com/5MUryWvwTD
At least 40 Indian paramilitary personnel were martyred as Pakistan-based militant organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out an attack in Kashmir's Pulwama on Feb 14, 2019.
Within 24 hours, India had retaliated by bombing a terrorist camp in Pakistan's Balakot.
Pakistan's admission came after the country's opposition leader Ayaz Sadiq's disclosure of a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa following the dogfight, which took place after India's airstrike.
As per Sadiq, Qureshi told a visibly fluttered General Bajwa that India would attack Pakistan "that night by 9 pm", if Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, whose plane had crashed along the Line of Control (LoC), was not released.