October 30, 2020

“Congress must apologise”: Union Minister on Pak leader’s remark over Pulwama attack

New Delhi/Oct,30: A day after a Pakistan minister suggested his country was behind May, 2019 Pulwama attack – in which 40 CPRF personnel were killed – Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has demanded that the Congress “apologise to the country” for “conspiracy theories” and remarks about the incident.

“Pakistan has admitted it’s hand behind Pulwama attack. Now, Congress and others who talked of conspiracy theories must apologise to the country,” he tweeted Friday morning.

In February, on the first anniversary of the attack, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had targeted the BJP, holding the ruling party accountable for “security lapses” and asking “who benefitted the most from the attack?” Gandhi also wanted to know the outcome of the inquiry into the attack.

The Congress MP wasn’t the only member of his party to attack the BJP on this issue. In March last year, BK Hariprasad, a Karnataka Congress leader who has a history of controversial statements, said: “… it looks like Narendra Modi had a match-fixing with the people of Pakistan”.Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh was also criticised for his comments.

On Thursday Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhury had said: “Humne Hindustan ko ghus ke maara (We hit India in their home)”. He later claimed to NDTV that his statement had been misinterpreted. “Pakistan doesn’t allow any terrorism, I was misinterpreted,” he said.

On Thursday BJP chief JP Nadda referred to a meeting between Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, – details of which were disclosed in the Pakistan Assembly – after the capture of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Qureshi reportedly said that unless he were released, India would attack Pakistan “that night by 9 pm.”

“Congress’ princeling (a reference to Mr Gandhi) does not believe anything Indian, be it our Army, our Government, our Citizens. So, here is something from his ‘Most Trusted Nation’, Pakistan. Hopefully now he sees some light…” Mr Nadda tweeted.

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