Indore: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Saturday demanded the Centre to provide an evidence of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) terror camps in Balakot. He also lauded Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for ensuring safe return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and called him ‘a good neighbour’.
“I am not questioning the recent IAF action against Pakistan-based terrorist camps. But pictures of any incident in open space can be accessed through satellite technology. So we should also give evidence, the way the United States government presented evidence of Osama bin Laden’s killing before the world,” Singh said while speaking to reporters in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore.
His statement came a few days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made a similar demand. On Thursday, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief had asked the government to provide the exact details of the pre-emptive strikes. She had reportedly said, “We want to know what really happened. National TV channels were showing that 300 to 350 people were killed, but international media is reporting that no such thing happened, that the bomb missed its target and no one died! So what is the truth? Where did they drop the bomb? Was it dropped at the right target?”
Meanwhile, Digvijaya Singh also lauded Pakistan PM Imran Khan for returning IAF pilot Abhinandan to India. “”I also congratulate the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan for showing us a new way of being a good neighbour and returned the brave Indian Air Force officer to us,” he said while asking him to show courage by handing over Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar as well.
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leader said that he has not seen a ‘bigger liar’ than him. His remark came in the view of PM Modi’s claim that the IAF wanted to conduct a surgical strike against Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, but the Congress-led UPA government nixed the idea.
India carried out the ‘non-military pre-emptive air strike’ to avenge the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed on February 14 in south Kashmir. The IAF strike was retaliated by Pakistan on Wednesday with an attempt to target military installations in Nowshera and Poonch sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.