SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the truth behind the Pulwama attack has been revealed after allegedly claims made in Pakistan’s parliament, referring to the comments made by a minister of the neighbouring country about the incident in which 40 troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed last year.
“The country can never forget that some people were not saddened at the sacrifice of the security personnel during the Pulwama attack. I steered clear of all controversies and silently endured all allegations as I knew that these people were looking for political gain even in the attack,” newspaper Hindustan Times quoted PM Modi as saying during his address on the second day of his two-day visit to Gujarat.
“However, after the neighbouring country accepted responsibility for the attack in its parliament, the true nature of the people who resorted to ugly politics during our difficult time has been uncovered. I request them not to do such politics in the interest of the nation,” the report quoted PM as having said.
Attacking Congress party without naming it, he pointed out that these people were aiding anti-India powers in achieving their goals and encouraging them. “These parties are pawns of anti-India elements,” he said. “These people won’t do any good for the country or their party,” he added.
“We have to remember that only when we do good to others, does good return to us. We all should work towards making India strong, independent and self-reliant, just like Sardar Patel envisioned,” PM Modi said.
However, Pakistan Science and technology minister Fawad Chaudhry soon cleared the confusion saying that “Pakistan does not condone terrorism”, adding that his remarks on the Pulwama attack had been “misinterpreted”.
“Pakistan doesn’t allow any terrorism, I was misinterpreted,” the Minister was quoted in a report by NDTV as saying.
“My statement is very clear. It was about Operation Swift Resort that we undertook after India dared to enter into Pakistan territory on Balakot. I was talking about the post-Pulwama operation that Pakistan undertook,” he said, trying to suggest “Pulwama” was a broad term used for the face-off.
On February 14, 2019, at least more than forty CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Lethpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.