Islamabad, 18 April 2023 (TDI): Pakistan’s stance on the Pulwama Attack of February 2019 has once again been vindicated, as Satya Pal Malik, former Governor of the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), has made shocking revelations.
These revelations expose India’s alleged use of terrorism as a tool to advance its own political agenda, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.
In a clear demonstration of India’s sham victimhood narrative and Hindutva agenda, Malik’s disclosures show how India has repeatedly used the bogey of terrorism from Pakistan to further its own domestic political gains, without any regard for regional peace and stability.
Moreover, Pakistan calls upon the international community to take cognizance of these latest revelations and see through India’s propaganda campaign against Pakistan, which is based on lies and deceit driven by selfish political considerations.
“India must answer the questions raised in the latest revelations and be held accountable for the actions that imperiled regional peace in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack,” the foreign office said.
Also, Pakistan stands firm in its resolve to counter India’s false narrative and will continue to act responsibly in the face of any provocations.
In a nutshell, the country remains committed to its goal of promoting peace and stability in the region, and calls upon India to abandon its policy of aggression and hostility towards its neighbors.
The latest revelations
Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has claimed that after the February 14, 2019, Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to stay silent over some alleged lapses he flagged.
In an interview, Malik claimed that the Home Ministry refused to provide five aircraft requisitioned by the CRPF to ferry its personnel which resulted in a large number of security personnel moving by road in a convoy and becoming the target of a deadly terrorist ambush.
The Congress urged the government to respond to the questions that Malik’s remarks had raised. The party had made the Pulwama attack one of its key national security issues in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections that year.
“Why were the CRPF men not allowed to travel by air, why did the Modi government not give permission for the same? Why were Jaish threats ignored? Why were the intelligence inputs, between 2 January, 2019 and 13 February, 2019, which had warned of a terrorist attack ignored?”
“How did the militants procure such a huge stash of RDX? After a period of over four years, where has the inquiry in the Pulwama terror attack reached?” the Congress asked at a press conference.
It was addressed by the party’s communication head Jairam Ramesh, media department chairman Pawan Khera and digital communication head Supriya Shrinate.
“What were the responsibilities fixed for National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the then Home Minister Rajnath Singh? After such a big terror attack, why was the Governor asked by Prime Minister Modi to ‘keep quiet’? People distributing certificates of treason need to answer, whether this is treason or not?,” they further said.