BJP President questions Pak PM’s silence on Pulwama attacks

Vastavam web: BJP President Amit Shah Friday slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for not condemning the Pulwama terror attack and asked how can India trust him. Speaking at the India Today Conclave, Shah said the Modi government has been able to create “fear” in the minds of those behind terrorism with its action against Pakistan-based terrorists. “I believe the track record of our government has been the best in dealing with terror since Independence… Maximum number of terrorists have been eliminated under BJP government led by Modi,” he said.

40 CRPF personnel were killed on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district when a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus carrying security forces. The BJP President also said that the return of pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was a diplomatic victory. “Creating situation for return of pilot Abhinandan in such a short span of time is our diplomatic victory,” he said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in Parliament on Thursday that Varthaman would be released on Friday as a “peace gesture”. Coming down hard on Opposition parties which alleged the government was “politicising” the sacrifices of the armed forces, Shah said their joint resolution post the air strikes gave ammunition to Pakistan.

“The opposition’s accusation against the BJP that it was politicising the sacrifices of our forces has given happiness to Pakistan,” Shah said. “The message has gone that now it is the Modi govt at the helm which is resolute in implementing its policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and has the political will to act,” he said.

He also criticised Singh for his government’s “lack of response” after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.