In a bid to counter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s accusations against opposition parties alleging benefiting Pakistan on issue of terror, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today questioned who released Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azar from the jail ? It msy be recalled that JeM had claimed responsibility for Pulwama terror attack.
Kick-starting Congress party’s Lok Sabha poll campaign in Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi asked Prime Minister Modi- if BJP’s was not to blame for freeing Azhar during Kandahar plane hijacking case ? He recalled that it was the then union minister Jaswant Singh who handed over Azhar to terrorists following an Indian plane hijacking.
However, Prime Minister claimed that the previous Congress-led UPA government had done injustice to the armed forces by failing to act against terrorism after the ghastly 2008 Mumbai attacks. Addressing a public gathering in Hindon, he said that there are reports Indian Air Force (IAF) had asked the then Manmohan Singh-led UPA government to give them a free hand to avenge the carnage (Mumbai attacks) but they were not allowed to do so.