Srinagar: With the Opposition singing the same chorus demanding proof of decimating around 300 terrorists in the Balakot airstrike conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) training centre, National Conference (NC) chairman Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday also questioned the Centre asking it to release evidence of the pre-emptive airstrike.
The NC patron said, “We have shot one of their planes? Where is the proof of what Amit Shah says, ‘300 people died’? If you ask, you are against the country. Time has come that you should ask questions.” He further went on to say that the government labels a person as an anti-national if it dares to question it.
On Sunday, former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti had too demanded proof of the airstrike conducted by IAF in Balakot across Line of Control (LoC). Mufti had also questioned the government’s move and said citizens of the country had every right to question the credibility of the airstrike as the government is being ambiguous about the details.
Mufti accused the government wanted to exploit the airstrike conducted and gain benefits ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Prior to Mufti, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had demanded proof of the air strike.
With the Opposition continuously attacking the government over the airstrike conducted, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah on Sunday slammed the Opposition leaders for questioning the authenticity and demanding proof of IAF air strikes that decimated biggest terror hideouts of JeM in Balakot. Claiming that Opposition statements brought a smile on Pakistan’s face, Shah asserted that he ‘feels ashamed’ after questions were raised on country’s armed forces.
“Mamata Ji asks for proof, Rahul Baba says it is being politicised, Akhilesh says it should be investigated. Feel ashamed, such statements bring a smile to Pakistan’s face,” Shah had said while addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Surat.