Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi withheld important information from the public regarding the Pulwama terror attack in February 2019 that claimed the lives of several paramilitary soldiers in India-held Jammu and Kashmir, an ex-governor of the disputed territory has claimed.
In a separate interview with The Wire, Satya Pal Malik stated that he had known right away that Modi intended to use the incident to cast blame on Pakistan in order to further the interests of his administration and the BJP.
In an interview with Karan Thapar, Satya Pal Malik also criticized corruption that occurred when Modi was in office. “I can confidently say that the PM has no significant issues with corruption,” he added.
During the attack in Pulwama and the repeal of Article 370 in August of the same year, Malik served as governor. He said that the Indian prime minister was “ignorant” and “ill-informed” about Kashmir, and that Modi had instructed him not to discuss the mistakes made by the home ministry that resulted in the tragic occurrence.
Specifically, the CRPF and the home ministry exhibited “incompetence” and “carelessness” in the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force convoy in Pulwama, according to Malik. He described in detail how the home ministry had rejected the CRPF’s request for an aeroplane to convey its soldiers.
Separately, Malik said that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval also ordered him to remain silent and avoid discussing the matter. He claimed that he understood right away that the goal was to blame Pakistan and get support from voters for the BJP and the government.