Imran Khan’s minister brags in Parliament, ends up confirming role in terror
“The victory in Pulwama is a victory for the people of Pakistan under the leadership of Imran Khan,” says science and technology minister.Updated: Oct 29, 2020, 23:56 IST
A Pakistani minister on Thursday admitted its role in the Pulwama terror attack, bragging on the floor of parliament that his country had entered India and beaten it on its own soil.
At least 40 security personnel were killed in Pulwama on 14 February last year when a vehicle-borne suicide attacker hit their convoy. The attacker was a member of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
“Hum ne Hindustan ko Ghuss ke Mara Hai (We have entered and attacked India),” said Fawad Chaudhry, the science of technology minister in the Imran Khan cabinet, amid clapping from the ruling party MPs.
“The victory in Pulwama is a victory for the people of Pakistan under the leadership of Imran Khan,” he added.
The minister said that the credit for Pulwama goes to all: “We are all stakeholders in it.”
Chaudhry said it is a matter of pride “the way we entered India and beat them at Pulwama.”
The way our Shaheens (Air Force) and our Sipahis (soldiers) and our sons beat them is a cause of embarrassment for the Indian political leadership and the Indian media, he said.
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Chaudhry was replying to comments made a day earlier by former speaker and MP from the PML-N party, Ayaz Sadiq, on the floor of the house.
Sadiq had alleged that the Pakistani leadership had panicked after the Pulwama attack and the subsequent shooting down of an Indian air force place.
Sadiq had said that Imran Khan had taken the decision to return the Indian pilot even before a meeting with the country’s political leadership. He had alleged that the Imran Khan government was so panicked that “the legs of the foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi kept on shaking from fear.”
Chaudhry replied on Thursday that Sadiq “had lied with confidence.”
He lamented that Sadiq has gone against the interests of the state of Pakistan by issuing false and shameful statements.
“Criticise the government but don’t criticise the state,” he told Sadiq. The Pakistan minister said that in his capacity as speaker, Ayaz Sadiq has been involved in the internal deliberations that took place.
“But he should have some shame on how he has lied,” he added.
Later in the day, Chaudhry claimed the Indian media has “once again acted with gross irresponsibility” by misrepresenting his speech.
A spokesperson of his ministry said in a statement that the minister had referred to the ‘Operation Swift Retort’ which was a successful military response by the Pakistan Airforce ( PAF) to IAF, “as a result of which two Indian jets were shot down, not to mention the arrest of the widely discussed pilot Abhinandan, who was later released by the Government of Pakistan as a diplomatic gesture of peace.”
The spokesperson added that the fact remains that, as recently Indian media had erroneously presented a petty political skirmish in Karachi as a civil war, and caused embarrassment to India at international level, it has, yet again, “acted irresponsibly” vis-a-vis Mr Chaudhry’s speech, and made a futile attempt to malign the image of Pakistan.”
“It is reiterated that Pakistan has always upheld the international norms of peace and tranquility”, and believes in mutual co-existence and cordial relations with its neighbouring countries.
“Therefore, any such misrepresentation of facts by the Indian media must be avoided and efforts be made for regional peace,” the spokesman said.