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Pakistan Minister Fawad Chaudhary Claims Pulwama Attack: "Hindustan Ko Ghus Ke Maara"
The comment, part of an attack on the Imran Khan government by the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, has triggered a storm in Islamabad
Pakistan Minister Fawad Chaudhary Claims Pulwama Attack: "Pakistan Ko Ghus Ke Maara"
New Delhi: Pakistan was responsible for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir and Kashmir's Pulwama last year in which 40 Indian paramilitary troopers were killed, today a Pakistani minister Fawad Chaudhary has told the country's legislature, in an apparent admission of the country's role in sponsoring cross-border terrorism.
Humne Hindustan ko ghus ke maara (We hit India in their home). Our success in Pulwama is the success of the people under the leadership of Imran Khan. You and us are all part of that success," Fawad Chaudhury, a minister said in the national assembly.
After the statement sparked an uproar in the assembly, he appeared to change track, rephrasing his line as: "Pulwama ke waqiyeh ke baad, jab humne India ko ghus ke maara (When we hit India in their home after the incident at Pulwama".
The sensational comment came amid a debate over the opposition leader Ayaz Sadiq's disclosure about the meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa after an encounter between Indian and Pakistani fighter jets near the Line of Control.
Mr. Qureshi told a visibly flustered General Bajwa unless he released Indian Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman whose plane was crashed across the Line of Control, India would attack Pakistan "that night by 9 pm."
In less than 24 hours the dogfight had broken out after Indian kets bombed a camp of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan's Balakot, in a response to the suicide attack on the convoy of the CRPF in Pulwama on February 14.
"I remember Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in the meeting in which (Prime Minister) Imran Khan had refused to attend and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa came into the room, his legs were shaking and he was perspiring. Foreign Minister said for god's sake let Abhinandan go, India's about to attack Pakistan at 9 pm," Mr Sadiq recounted the events of the meeting
Whereas the comment part of an attack on the Imran Khan government by the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party has triggered a storm in Islamabad prompting a defensive response from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.