Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 29
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said a Pakistan minister terming the Pulwama attack a success for the Imran Khan government was yet another statement by its leaders supporting terrorism.
The MEA also dismissed Pakistan’s objections to India issuing rules for the purchase of land in the UTs of Ladakh and Kashmir. This step was among a number of measures being taken for socio-economic development and improving the livelihood of people. “Such things are India’s internal affairs and no country has the right to ask such questions,” said MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava at a media briefing today.
In what amounted to ownership for the Pulwama suicide attack that killed over 40 Indian security personnel, Pakistan Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday termed it a great achievement under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Apparently riled by a parliamentarian from the Nawaz Sharif camp charging the Pakistan army chief of quaking in his boots after India had served an ultimatum for releasing Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman, Chaudhry said in Urdu: “We attacked India in its own territory… and Pulwama was an achievement under the leadership of Imran Khan. You all (Opposition) are also a stakeholder in that success, all of us are stakeholders in that success.”
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) parliamentarian Ayaz Sadiq, while speaking in the Pakistan National Assembly, had said: “When Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa came to meet Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for a meeting, his legs were shaking and there was sweat on his forehead. Qureshi told him for God’s sake, let Abhinandan go as India was about to attack Pakistan at 9 pm.”
Wrong map by Saudi, India files protest
In another Kashmir-related development, India has conveyed serious concerns to Saudi Arabia, both to its Ambassador in New Delhi and in Riyadh, for excluding the undivided J&K and Ladakh from India in its global map on a bank note released to celebrate its presidency of G-20.