Pakistan Denies Any Involvement in Pulwama Terror Attack

Rajnath Singh shouldering the coffin of a martyred CRPF Jawan, at the Regional Training Centre, in Srinagar on February 15, 2019. Photo: PIB
Rajnath Singh shouldering the coffin of a martyred CRPF Jawan, at the Regional Training Centre, in Srinagar on February 15, 2019. Photo: PIB

Kashmir has always been a conflict area between India and Pakistan since 1947 when both these countries got freedom from the British rule.

By Rakesh Raman

Pakistan has strongly refuted the subtle innuendos that are coming from the Indian side about Thursday’s terror attack in Pulwama, which is a district in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Pakistan Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain today termed the Indian allegation regarding Pulwama incident as totally “false and baseless.” He said Pakistan is promoting peace and tolerance in the region.

Although the Indian government has not named Pakistan categorically in its official statement released today about the attack, there are enough indications in the political rhetoric that Pakistan is behind the ghastly act in which more than 40 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) men lost their lives.

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“We strongly condemn the dastardly terror act of 14th February 2019 at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir in which lives of 40 brave jawans of CRPF were lost. We, along with all our countrymen, stand with their families in this hour of grief,” a statement of the Indian government said.

India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of different political leaders in both the houses of parliament in Delhi today to discuss the Pulwama attack. He said the government has given a freehand to the security forces to deal with terrorists.

Rajnath Singh said majority of people of Jammu and Kashmir are peace-loving, but there are certain elements in the state who are in league with the terrorist groups operating from across the border, although he did not openly mention Pakistan in his official statement.

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Such terror attacks keep happening in and around Kashmir, which is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. While India mostly blames Pakistan for spreading terrorism in the Kashmir region, Pakistan vehemently refutes all such allegations.

Earlier, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan had condemned the violence in Kashmir and blamed the Indian government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the killings of the innocent people of Kashmir.

Imran Khan said that he strongly condemns the new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris in India-occupied Kashmir (IOK) by the Indian security forces and urged the Modi government to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Kashmir has always been a conflict area between India and Pakistan since 1947 when both these countries got freedom from the British rule. In order to stake their claims over Kashmir, India and Pakistan have fought two bloody wars in 1965 and 1971, besides incessant skirmishes between the rival armies.

Now, it is a political compulsion for both the countries to blame each other for local violence because there is a large number of irresponsible voters in India and Pakistan who expect their leaders to issue reckless, explosive statements when such attacks take place.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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