Pakistani minister Fawad Chaudhry has admitted his country’s role in the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. He told Pakistan Parliament that 2019 Pulwama terror attack was a major success for Imran Khan government.
“We hit India in their home. Our success in Pulwama, is a success of this nation under the leadership of Imran Khan. You and us are all part of that success," Fawad Chaudhry said.
This is for the first time a Pakistan minister has admitted what India has long maintained that Islamabad, directly and indirectly, encourages and supports terror groups that target India.
In reprisal for the Pulwama attack, Indian Air Force planes bombed a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot, Pakistan. Pakistan-based JeM had claimed the responsibility for the attack.
During the external affairs ministry’s weekly news briefing yesterday, spokesperson Anurag Srivastava again criticized Pakistan for failing to curb terrorism directed against India.
"The whole world knows truth about Pakistan's role in supporting terrorism," MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a media briefing.
Srivastava said the country that provides shelter to "maximum number of UN-proscribed terrorists" should not even attempt to play the victim card.
"Even their leaders have time and again spoken about their role with regard to terrorism," he said.
In their joint statement, India and the US had strongly condemned the cross-border terrorism in all its forms and asked Pakistan to take "immediate, sustained and irreversible" action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for launching terror attacks.
(With inputs from AIR)