Pulwama terror attack: Truth revealed in Pak parliament

Pakistan Minister Fawad Chaudhry recently claimed that Pakistan was responsible for the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir last year, in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed. The minister made the remarks in the Pak’s Parliament but backtracked after his comment drew flak. “Humne Hindustan ko ghus ke maara (We hit India in their home),” Chaudhry said in Pakistan’s National Assembly. “Our success in Pulwama is a success of the people under the leadership of Imran Khan.” The remark triggered an uproar in the Assembly. The admission must also be placed in the larger context of the political debate taking place inside Pakistan, where the PML(N) has directly criticised the army and ISI for their blatant interference in politics.
Pulwama attack is one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred. The Pulwama attack happened on February 14, 2019, when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. The attack also left many critically wounded.
The Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed the responsibility for the attack. The police had identified the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmed alias Waqas Commander from Kakapora in Pulwama.
The NIA’s investigation also revealed that Pakistan used Adil Ahmad Dar, the suicide bomber who rammed the CRPF convoy on February 14, because it wanted to project the attack as a result of a home-grown militancy against “India’s occupation of Kashmir”.
Given this state of play, New Delhi must cultivate as many friends abroad as possible. Signing BECA with the US on top of previous logistics agreements, standing with France which has suffered terror attacks, inviting Australia to participate in the Malabar exercises, are steps in the right direction. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India and the world are facing challenges from those who support terrorism openly. He said the Pulwama terror attack truth was revealed after claims in Pakistan parliament.
Pakistan has been at war with neighbour India several times since independence in 1947. Former US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had once described Pakistan as the most dangerous country in the world, warning of that the rising threat of radicalisation in the nuclear-armed country.  Pakistan, a country of 200 million with a sizeable nuclear arsenal, has been plagued by militant groups and a radicalised society could spell problems in the future. 

- Prabhakar Purandare

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