New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday warned Pakistan of consequences stating that if US Navy Seals (commandos) can go to Abbottabad to kill (Al-Qaeda chief) Osama bin Laden, then so can India to eliminate terrorists. Jaitley asserted that India had the capability to eliminate terrorist masterminds roaming freely in the neighbouring country.
The Union Minister said that earlier this used to be “an imagination, a wish, frustration and disappointment. But it’s possible today”.
On an earlier occasion as well, Jaitley had reacted to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement on Pulwama terror attack and had said that there was neither condemnation of the incident nor expression of sympathy for the bereaved families. (Also Read: One Pakistan Air Force Fighter Aircraft Shot Down by IAF, One Indian Pilot Missing: MEA)
He had also mocked Khan’s demand for actionable intelligence from India, saying Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had acknowledged its hand behind the Pulwama attack, adding India had provided the neighbouring country evidence and intelligence related to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
“We know its fate,” Jaitley had said referring to lack of any concrete action from Pakistan against the terror group and its handlers involved in the attack. He dismissed Khan’s statement as a diversionary tactic.
At least three Pakistani jets on Wednesday violated Indian air space and entered border areas Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were pushed back by the Indian Air Force. According to reports, the Pakistani jets dropped bombs near security establishments. There were no reports of any casualties or damage.
However, Pakistan Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations Asif Ghafoor claimed that the Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace and they had arrested one Indian pilot.
“In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LoC. PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while others fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on the ground while two in the area,” he had tweeted.
Later, MEA confirmed that one MiG 21 was lost and a pilot was missing in action.
Meanwhile, a Mi-17 transport chopper crashed in J-K’s Budgam sector due to a technical glitch, in which two pilots and a civilian were killed.