Pakistan admits its role in Pulwama terror attack

Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry

New Delhi (NVI): Pakistan today finally admitted that it was behind the gruesome terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama in Kashmir in February last year, with its Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry terming it as an “achievement” under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Chaudhry, while speaking in the Pakistan National Assembly on behalf of his government during a debate, said, “Humne Hindustan ko ghus ke maara hai (We hit India after entering it).”

He went on to add, “Our achievement in Pulwama is the achievement of our country under the leadership of Imran Khan. We all are party to it.”

The Minister was responding to the remarks by Opposition MP Ayaz Sadiq, who revealed yesterday in Parliament details about how Pakistan was compelled to return IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan after he was captured on landing in Pakistan after his MIG-21 crashed on February 27 last year.

“When Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa came to meet (Pakistan) Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for a meeting, which was skipped by Prime Minister Imran Khan, his legs were shivering and there was sweat on his forehead. Qureshi appealed to him (Bajwa), saying for God’s sake, let Abhinandan go because India is going to attack Pakistan at 9 PM,” Sadiq had said, citing eye-witness account of a meeting.

Chaudhry, while reacting to Sadiq’s comments, was referring to the dastardly suicide bomb attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14, last year, in which 40 security personnel lost their lives. The attacked was owned by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror outfit.

India hit back by carrying out air strike at a major training camp of JeM in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan, on February 26.

The next day, Pakistan tried to carry out air attacks in J&K but the attempt was thwarted by the Indian Air Force, which shot down one F-16 fighter of the Pakistan Air Force. However, in the dogfight, one IAF MiG-Bison fighter also crashed and Wing Commander Abhinandan was taken captive by Pakistan.

While India has been maintaining that Pakistan was behind the Pulwama attack, Islamabad has continued to be in a denial mode, like in every other terror incident in this country.

Therefore, the admission by the Pakistan Minister is hugely significant.