The long-awaited confession was made by Pakistan’s federal minister for science and technology Fawad Choudhary in the National Assembly
By: Arun Joshi
The truth about Pakistan‘s role in Pulwama attack has been out at last. Today a Pakistan minister owned up what it had been denying all along that it had nothing to do with the Pulwama terror on February 14 last year, vindicating Indian stand that Islamabad was directly involved in the assault that left 40 CRPF personnel dead and many more wounded.
The long-awaited confession was made by Pakistan’s federal minister for science and technology Fawad Choudhary in the National Assembly on Thursday. He claimed that “ Pulwama ( attack) was a grand success, we had killed ( Indian troopers) in their own home. “
This unprecedented confession of the terror attack in Kashmir that had brought both India and Pakistan to brink of a war early last year came in response to a disclosure made earlier in the National Assembly by PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq who startled everyone by claiming that army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s “ legs were shaking, and he was sweating profusely” when Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told a meeting of parliamentarians that India would attack Pakistan at 9 pm ( March 1) if Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan was not returned to India. The Wing Commander who had downed an F-16 aircraft of Pakistan in dog fight in Pakistan occupied Kashmir had to eject. He was captured by the Pakistani army on February 27 last year when IAF planes scrambled after Pakistani aircraft into the Indian territory in response to the Indian aerial strike in Pakistan a day earlier.
Wing Commander Abhinadan , whose moustaches became a statement of national bravery , was not set free before the deadline.
These revelations were more than political squabble between the ruling party and the Opposition in Pakistan’s National Assembly because both sides would have known the repercussions of the statements that they were making. They were spilling beans about the terror networks flourishing in Pakistan and the export of terrorism from their country to Kashmir.
Fawad Choudhary’s claim that the Pulwama ( attack) was a grand success of Pakistan as his country had beaten India in its own home is a game changer in the subcontinent. Pakistan is defenceless now as all its denials have been exposed as manufactured lies .
Not only Pakistan had been denying its direct or indirect involvement in the terror attack , but also had been claiming that it was an act by the “ Kashmiri youth tormented and tortured by the Indian occupation forces.”
It went on to accuse the Indian government of having engineered itself to divert its attention from its failures . That was a straight charge against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP, However with Pakistan Minister’s admission it has now become clear that Pakistan was using all the deceptive means to divert its role in the attack to escape the international attention from its roots and branches of terrorism that it was using against India in Kashmir to show that Kashmir had risen against India.
These disclosures, among other things, have justified the Indian retaliation to the Pulwama attack – airstrikes at the terror training centre in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , deep inside Pakistan . The Indian bombing of the terror training camps had caused massive damage to Pakistan as it had lost all its strategic assets there, though it could manage to shift the mastermind Jaish-e-Mohammad founder Masood Azhar to safety.
The Indian agencies, and later National Investigation Agency’s investigations , had traced the attack to Pakistan , through human and electronic intelligence that it was Pakistan that was behind the attack .The NIA’s 1340 page charge sheet filed in the NIA’s special court in Jammu on August 25 has been proven correct.
About the Author:
Arun Joshi is a senior journalist based in J&K. He has worked with Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian Express and The Tribune.
He has authored “ Eyewitness Kashmir: Teetering on Nuclear War” and three other books.