In a revealing confession, Mr. Satya Pal Malik, the former Governor of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), after four years of Pulwama incident, has acknowledged what Pakistan had been saying all along – that by blaming Pakistan immediately after the attack, the BJP government had actually intended to garner electoral gains in the then upcoming 17th Lok Sabha elections.
It was the fateful day of 14 February 2019 that a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was targeted by a local Kashmiri youth in a suicide attack that killed at least 40 personnel. Without having conducted any investigation, India started levelling wild allegations and blamed Pakistan for the attack. A war hysteria was created through belligerent statements of senior members of the BJP regime and amplified by its embedded hawkish media which brought the two countries to the brink of war. By hyping up anti-Pakistan sentiment and touting what it called a “muscular” approach towards Pakistan, the BJP ran an extremely negative election campaign and was able to win a second term with a majority even beyond its own expectations. However, as is famously said, “A lie has no legs.” The truth, though it took years, is out through the proverbial ‘horse’s mouth.’