Bengaluru: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday made a stunning claim on the air strikes conducted by the Indian forces. Without naming Pakistan, he said that in last five years, the security forces – under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – has conducted three air strikes across the border. (ALSO READ- IAF Was Ready to Avenge 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks But Previous UPA Govt Did Not Allow Them to Act, Says PM Modi)
The Home Minister made the big revelation while addressing a gathering in Karnataka’s Mangaluru ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019. “Pichle 5 varsho mein, teen baar apni seema ke bahar jaa kar hum logon ne air strike kar kaamyaabi haasil ki hai. Do ki jaankari apko dunga, teesri ki nahi dunga (In last 5 years, we have conducted three air strikes across the border. I will give you information on the two but will not disclose anything about the third strike),” he said.
India launched a counter-terror operation on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 to revenge the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed in south Kashmir on February 14 after an explosive-laden truck rammed into a bus in the convoy of the security personnel. The Indian Air Force (IAF) operation was retaliated by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) next day. During the aerial combat, a MiG-21 was downed whose pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan. He was handed over to India on March 1.
Meanwhile in September 29, 2016, the India avenged the terrorist attack on Army base in Uri in which 19 soldiers were killed. Carrying out the strikes, the Army crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and destroyed seven terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Earlier in the day, while addressing a public gathering in Greater Noida, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that today India works on ‘nayi reeti, nayi neeti’ (new methods, new policies). He asserted that after Uri attack in 2016 in Jammu and Kashmir, the country for the “first time taught terrorists a lesson in a language they understand” with surgical strikes.
The PM also escalated attack on Opposition and 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.