With the Opposition repeatedly cornering the government over the number of casualties in IAF airstrikes in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26, PTI quoted Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday as saying “it will be known one day how many terrorists were killed in Balakot”.
Stepping up the attack on the Congress, Singh said if the party wanted to know how many terrorists were killed in the airstrikes, they should go to Pakistan and ask there or count bodies.
The Home Minister said that politics should not only be done to form the government, but also to build the country. “Some leaders of the other political parties are asking how many terrorists were killed in the IAF strike. Today or tomorrow, it will be known. Pakistan and their leaders’ hearts know how many were killed, he said.
Opposition leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and BSP chief Mayawati, have questioned the government over the veracity of the claims of the death toll after international media reports suggested that were no casualty in the airstrike by the IAF.
“NTRO (National Technical Research Organisation) system said there were 300 mobile phones active at Balakot attack site. Were these used by trees if not terrorists?” Singh asked.
Singh asserted that the Modi government was committed to the safety and security of the people, and that the country should be proud of the defence forces. “Our government is firm that the one who looks at us with an evil eye or tries to destabilise us, we will not forgive them. Enough is enough. PM Modi yesterday said that we will eliminate terror bases even if these are in hell. We cannot allow anybody to play with the lives of our people,” he added.
He also targeted those accusing the Modi government of trying to score political brownie points over the Pulwama attack and IAF’s airstrike in Balakot saying that the country is infinitely more important than winning elections.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh Saturday said the government should provide evidence of the airstrikes in Balakot, just like the United States had done after killing Osama bin Laden in Pakistan’s Abbottabad in 2011.