Meanwhile, IAF chief BS Dhanoa on Monday declined to comment on the death toll in the Balakot strike, saying it was for the government to provide details on the number of terrorists killed
New Delhi: Though the Central government is yet to release any images of the Balakot air strike by the Indian Air Force, opposition leaders have been raising eyebrows about the non-military pre-emptive action and demanded evidence.
Well, some satellite images, which were being treated as highly confidential by the government, are public now and they are the perfect answer to the opposition parties’ baseless questions.
The images clearly show multiple targets hit by the Mirage fighters that dropped bombs after crossing up to 20 km over the Line of Control at 3:30 am on February 26. To be precise the target was six buildings in the Jaish terror base.
IAF chief BS Dhanoa on Monday declined to comment on the death toll in the Balakot strike, saying it was for the government to provide details on the number of terrorists killed and the Air Force only sees if a target has been hit or not.
The Air Force, he said, is not in a position to clarify how many people were inside.
"We don't count human casualties. We count what targets we have hit or not hit," he said.
Recently, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Saturday demanded evidence of the Indian Air Force air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s terror camp.
While speaking to reporters in Indore, Singh said, “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.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out a cryptic threat to Pakistan while he was speaking at the distribution of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards, the highest scientific award of India.
“You people lead your lives in a lab. The practice with you all is to first do a pilot project and then scale it up. A pilot project has just been completed,” Modi added.
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Last Updated Mar 5, 2019, 2:37 PM IST