In a stunning admission inside the Pakistan National Assembly today, Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that the Imran Khan government was involved in the 2019 Pulwama attack in which 40 Indian Army jawans were killed.
Chaudhury - who is Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology - claimed that the 'Pulwama attack was the biggest achievement of the Imran Khan government.
"We punched India by entering its territory. The success in Pulwama is an achievement for Prime Minister Imran Khan and the people of Pakistan," he proudly proclaimed on the floor of the National Assembly.
BREAKING: Fawad Chaudhary, a minister in Imran Khan govt, admitting that Pulwama attack was the handiwork of Imran Khan and Pakistan army... Counts it as the achievement of Imran and the entire Pakistan "quom". pic.twitter.com/hAh1BUs6Yc
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Chaudhry was replying to the assertion made by Ayaz Sadiq, a leader from rival PML-N party, that the Imran Khan government had released Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman 'out of fear' of an Indian attack.
"I remember Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in the meeting in which 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," Sadiq had said.
Chaudhry refuted Sadiq's claim and lamented that the opposition is making mendacious statements to slander Khan govt. "Even you guys are a part of 'quom' that must be proud of what happened in Pulwama. But it is astonishing that you're busy making absurd statements to undermine the incumbent government," he said.
However, after some prompting from his party members, Chaudhry slightly, and conveniently, altered his proclamation. He recoiled for a second and in an altered proclamation said that Pakistan gave a befitting reply to India 'after' the Pulwama incident and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) hit the enemy after entering their territory.
Facing backlash over the statement, the minister tried to clarify his statement. "What I spoke about was our post-Pulwama action. But we are not looking to stir up a war with India. It was a long speech and I have not said that Pulwama was Pakistan's doing," Chaudhry later said to an Indian news channel.