New Delhi/Islamabad, October 29: Pakistan Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has called "Pulwama" an "achievement" under Prime Minister Imran Khan's leadership. Fawad Chaudhry was apparently referring to the 2019 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 Indian soldiers were killed. He made the remark while addressing Pakistan's National Assembly. Pakistan PM Imran Khan Calls Osama bin Laden ‘Shaheed’, Says Islamabad Faced Embarrassment by Taking Part in America’s War on Terror.
"We attacked India inside their territory. The success of Pulwama is an achievement for the entire country under the leadership of Imran Khan," Chaudhry said. On February 14 last year, a suicide bomber had rammed an explosive-laden car into a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, killing 40 Indian soldiers. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had claimed responsibility for the attack. Pulwama Terror Attack: Money Put in Pakistan Bank Accounts of JeM Commander Masood Azhar Before Blast, Confirms NIA.
Fawad Chaudhry Calls Pulwama 'Achievement' of Imran Khan Govt:
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India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) in August this year filed a chargesheet in connection with the Pulwama terror attack and named 19 people, including the attack mastermind - the slain Mohammad Umar Farooq, son of IC 814 hijacking conspirator Ibrahim Athar.
As per the NIA chargesheet, JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar, along with his brothers Abdul Rauf Asghar and Ammar Alvi, was continuously giving directions and guidance to the Pakistani JeM militants who had infiltrated into India and were using Pakistani SIM cards, both before and after the 2019 Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed.
The NIA charge sheet also alleged that the JeM had initially planned the attack for February 6, 2019, but due to heavy snowfall and closure of the highway, the attack was deferred to February 14.