To put an end over speculations on the actual causalities during Indian Air Force (IAF) airstrike carried out on JeM terror camps in Balakot, BJP president Amit Shah said over 250 terrorists were killed in the airstrike carried out by the IAF on the “13th day of dastardly Pulwama terror attack.
He spoke about the two major terror strikes of the last five years and outlined the central government’s response against them. “In 5 years two major incidents happened…In URI and Pulwana…..after Uri attack our army entered Pakistan and did a surgical strike and took revenge of our soldiers’ death.”
“After Pulwama attack, everyone thought surgical strike can’t be done this time..now what will happen?… At that time Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government did an airstrike on the 13th day and killed more than 250 terrorists without any harm on our side,” Shah added.
However, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram raised a pertinent doubt over India’s ‘pre-emptive air strike’ across three terror camps in Pakistan- who earmarked the number of casualities in the attack ?
Former home minister pointed that if the IAF Vice Air Marshal refused to comment or divulge information on the number of ‘terrorists killed’ in the Indian strike, then how come there are reports of at least 300 casualties?
Meanwhile, union minister of state for urban development Hardeep Singh Puri said the government would release at the right time evidence about air strikes. He said evidence, however, had started emerging from Pakistan where relatives of Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar were admitting that the IAF struck their training bases.
But, he deplored that political leaders like Digvijaya Singh (Congress) and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee were asking for evidence of air strikes. Taking a dig at Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Puri said, “He was playing pappi-jhappi politics in Pakistan when the Kartarpur corridor was opened.” “I had advised him to be extra cautious,” he added.