New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly provided the government radar and satellite images showing strikes at ‘intended targets’ at the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Balakot, Pakistan. As per sources in the security establishment, quoted by PTI, the images prove that ‘significant damage’ was caused in the IAF strikes.
The development comes in the backdrop of a report by foreign news agency which claimed that the high-resolution satellite images of the Balakot site show the madrasa run by JeM appears to be still standing with no visible damage. Besides, it also comes as a breather amid raging debate over the number of human casualties in the Balakot air strikes. (ALSO READ – Sure it Happened But … : Pulwama Attack Victims’ Kin Seek ‘Decisive Proof’ of IAF Strike in Pakistan)
The IAF had provided all the ‘evidence’ of the February 26 air strike on Sunday. The radar and satellite imagery images showed that the S-2000 laser-guided munition hit the intended targets causing significant ‘internal damage’. As per sources, the S-2000 smart bombs penetrate the targets and cause a blast inside.
Last week, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale while briefing the reporters, had said, “a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated.” Meanwhile, the government sources said 350 terrorists were killed. The number was later put at 250 by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has been facing flak over not revealing the exact number of the terrorists killed in the ‘pre-emptive’ air strike by India.
Earlier in the day, National Conference (NC) chairman Farooq Abdullah questioned the Centre asking it to release evidence of the pre-emptive airstrike. “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 said.
On a similar note, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Saturday demanded the Centre to provide an evidence of the IAF strike on JeM terror camps in Balakot. “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 had said.
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 February 27 with an attempt to target military installations in Nowshera and Poonch sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.