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Pulwama attack: Pakistan demands answers from India after ex-BJP leader’s statement

After the former governor of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) Satya Pal Malik’s revelations concerning the Pulwama incident, Pakistan requested explanations from the Indian government.

According to a Foreign Office statement, Malik’s comments – he was governor at the time of the Pulwama terrorist assault have once again validated Pakistan’s stand on the attack.

“His disclosures demonstrate how the Indian leadership has habitually used the bogey of terrorism from Pakistan to advance its sham victimhood narrative and the Hindutva agenda, clearly for domestic political gains,” FO remarked.

The Foreign Office further expressed hope that the world community will take note of the fresh discoveries and see through India’s propaganda war against Pakistan, which is motivated by selfish political interests and is based on falsehoods and deception.

“It is past time for India to be held accountable for the actions that have jeopardized regional peace in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack,” the statement said, adding that Islamabad will continue to oppose Delhi’s false narrative and respond decisively and responsibly in the face of various provocations.

Malik, a former member of Narendra Modi’s ministry, claimed in an interview that the Indian prime leader silenced him on the security flaws that led to the 2019 Pulwama assault.

According to the former governor, Modi did so to benefit from the move and blame the attack on Pakistan while concealing India’s own blunders on the strike.

Malik blamed the attack on the “incompetence and negligence of the Indian system” and the CRPF, claiming that the request for airlifting of the soldiers was denied by the home ministry, and that sanitization prior to the road transfer was inefficient.

“I had sensed that all of this onus would be diverted towards Pakistan, so it’s better to keep quiet,” Malik stated, indicating that the aim was to get political benefit from the incident for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

On February 14, 2019, over 40 Indian soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and many were injured on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway in the Awantipora area of the IIOJK’s Pulwama district, in what has been labeled the bloodiest attack on Indian forces in over a decade.

The troops were killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated as a convoy of military vehicles passed by, about 20 kilometers from Srinagar’s main city.

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