New Delhi: Soon after bragging about Islamabad’s role in the deadly Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday claimed that his statement was twisted and he was misinterpreted. He also slammed the Indian media for twisting his statement and said, “We don’t believe in ghar me ghus ke marna the way Indian media believes. In India, statements are twisted for political success.” Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Rajouri District, Army Jawan Martyred
Speaking to a senior editor at India Today, Chaudhry said, “I was surprised to see how my statement has been twisted. This is ridiculous. This is how Indian media works. I advise everyone to hear my speech in full. I was referring to the events that took place after February 26, 2019.” Also Read - Pakistani Groom Receives AK-47 Rifle As Wedding Gift From Mother-in-Law, Video Goes Viral | Watch
He further stated, “We want good relations with India. We don’t have any hatred for India. It’s the BJP that gets votes on anti-Pakistan sentiments.” Also Read - China's Defence Minister Meets Pak Army Chief; Discusses Regional Security Issues
Earlier in the day, he had set off a major controversy after admitting that Pakistan was responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 that killed 40 CRPF personnel and brought the two countries to the brink of a war.
During a debate in the National Assembly, Pakistan Science & Technology Minister Chaudhry said, “Humne Hindustan ko ghus ke maara (We hit India in their home). Our success in Pulwama, is a success of this nation under the leadership of Imran Khan. You and us are all part of that success.”
This sensational admission created an uproar in the assembly, after which the minister rephrased his line saying: “Pulwama ke waqiyeh ke baad, jab humne India ko ghus ke maara (When we hit India in their home after the incident at Pulwama)”. Later in a tweet, Chaudhry said that he was referring to “when our planes target combat installations”. “We do not show bravery by killing innocents n we condemn terrorism,” he said.
Reacting to Chaudhry’s statement, Union Minister and former Army Chief General (Retd) VK Singh said that it is good that the country has admitted it and they should be blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Singh said, “The government said in the beginning that all leads point towards Pakistan. It is good that Pakistan has admitted it. I am sure our government will utilise this admittance to tell the world that Pakistan needs to be blacklisted in the FATF.”
Chaudhry is believed to be a close aide of Prime Minister Imran Khan and he made the statement just a day after Opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in an important meeting pleaded to release Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by the Pakistani Army on February 27, 2019 after his MiG-21 Bison jet was shot down in a dogfight with Pakistani jets.