- “We hit India in their home,” Pak Minister Fawad Chaudhury said
- Remark seen as admission of Pak’s role in cross-border terrorism
- Minister was replying to opposition statement on tense meet after Pulwama
Pakistan was responsible for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama last year in which 40 Indian paramilitary troopers were killed, a Pakistani minister 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 a success of the people under the leadership of Imran Khan. You and we are all part of that success,” minister Fawad Chaudhury said in the national assembly.
As the statement sparked an uproar in the assembly, he appeared to change tack, 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)”.
Later in a tweet, he said, he was referring to “when our planes target combat installations”. “We do not show bravery by killing innocents n we condemn terrorism,” he added.
India had responded to the February 14 suicide attack on a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Pulwama with air strikes on a terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot. Pakistan retaliated by sending fighter jets to target Indian military…