New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hit back at the opposition parties for demanding proof of the air strikes on Pakistan and doubting India’s defence forces.

Speaking at a rally in Patna, PM Modi said that the Congress-led opposition was helping Pakistan and demoralised the armed forces of India.

“They asked for evidence of surgical strikes, now they are seeking proof of destruction of terrorist launch pads in Pakistan. I want to know from Congress and its allies why they are bent upon breaking the morale of our brave jawans,” PM Modi said.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley also took to his blog to hit back at the Congress. “Statements made by opposition parties hurt India’s national interest. They are an instrument in Pakistan’s hands to discredit India,” the blog read.

The response from the NDA came after Congress leader Digvijaya Singh joined Mehbooba Mufti and Mamata Banerjee in seeking evidence of the air strikes on terror camps in Balakot.

The matter escalated after the CPM and Trinamool Congress latched on to Union minister SS Ahluwalia’s statement on Saturday that IAF strikes “were not aimed to inflict any human casualty but to send out a message that India could strike deep inside enemy lines.”

CPM took to Twitter to post Ahluwali’s video message and asked, “is the government now backtracking from its claims of taking out a terrorist camp in Pakistan?”

Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien also used this video on Twitter to question, “Which top mantri in the Modi government deliberately fed fake news?” 

Digvijaya also said that he isn’t raising questions but “this is the technical age and satellite pictures are possible. Just like how US had given proof of Osama bin Laden, we should do it for our airstrikes.”

In response to such statements by the opposition, Modi said that the opposition was only working overtime just to finish him while he was toiling hard to eliminate terrorism and corruption.

Attacking the Congress, Modi said that the country has seen the approach of the Congress and its allies on security issues. “But this is naya Hindustan. Now the country does not remain silent on martyrdom of its brave jawans. We avenge each and every attack,” said Modi.