New Delhi: Union minister SS Ahluwalia on Saturday said that not much damage was done by the Indian Air Force (IAF) when it carried out preemptive strikes on the terrorist camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot in the early hours of February 26. Reports had suggested that the strike which was carried out by 12 IAF Mirage 2000 jets dropped six 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs in all terror hideouts and killed over 300 terrorists across the line of control (LoC). Also Read - India Test-Fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile From Andaman and Nicobar Island: Report
“I have read in the national as well as in the international media. I have also heard PM Modi in his first speech in Churu after the airstrike. He had not said that 300 were killed. Has any spokesperson of BJP or party president Amit Shah claimed that?,” the Union minister asked. Also Read - Nagrota Encounter: Army Chief Says Terrorists Crossing LoC Won't Survive, MEA Calls For Restraint | Top Points
Furthermore, he said,”The reason of the air strike is to give a clear message that we can go near your house and destroy you. This message had to be conveyed that despite your security arrangements, we can still destroy you. We did not want any human casualties.” Also Read - 11 People Arrested in Assam For Posing as Air Force Personnel, Fake Id Cards Recovered From Them
Twelve days after the Pulwama terror attack by Pakistan-backed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammmed (JeM) that killed 40 CRPF jawans, India avenged the dastardly attack by eliminating the biggest terror hideout of the Jaish with an air strike at 3.30 AM on Feb 26. 12 IAF Mirage 2000 went crossed the LoC and dropped bombs at Balakot situated in the northwest of Muzaffarabad.
“We have been urging the action and Pakistan has not taken any. Credible intelligence was received. In the face of danger preemptive strike were the only option. India Struck in Balakot. JeM commanders, terrorists were eliminated. The action desired no casualties on civilians. Strike happened a while ago so waiting for further details We expect Pakistan lives up to its public commitment,” India had said in a press conference.