New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on Opposition for seeking proof of the damage inflicted on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) training camp at Balakot in the Indian Air Force (IAF) strike, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that they are appeasing Pakistan. Mocking the Opposition leaders, PM Modi, while addressing a public meeting in Kanpur, said,”A Pakistan Army spokesperson had tweeted about the air strike first. Is that country stupid to admit that it had been struck.”
“But this is our people asking for proof. The trust of 130-crore people is my proof. Please stop playing games that make Pakistan happy,” PM Modi told Opposition. Besides Opposition leaders, family members of two Pulwama martyrs have also demanded the proofs of air strike in Balakot that reportedly decimated biggest hideouts of terror-outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
“In Pulwama, we saw someone’s hands, someone’s limbs, we need to see something from the other side. Someone took responsibility for the bomb attack almost immediately. I am sure the strikes have happened but where have they done it? There should be clear proof,” a leading portal quoted Ram Raksha, the sister of martyr Ram Vakeel as saying.
Meanwhile top Opposition leaders like Digvijaya Singh, Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati and many others asked the Centre to provide an evidence of the IAF strike on JeM terror camps.
“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.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also made a similar demand. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief had asked the government to provide the exact details of the pre-emptive strikes. “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?” She had reportedly said.
On February 26, India carried out the ‘non-military pre-emptive air strike’ to avenge the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred. The IAF strike was retaliated by Pakistan with an attempt to target military installations in Nowshera and Poonch sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.