Rajnath claims India conducted three cross-border strikes in 5 years

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 09, 2019 18:47 hrs

[India], March 9 (ANI): At a time when the opposition is asking for proof about the number of casualties inflicted in the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on terror launch pads in Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that India has successfully executed three cross-border air strikes in the last 5 years.

While addressing a public rally here on Saturday, Singh said while citizens are aware of the first two strikes (one after the Uri attack and another after Pulwama attack), he would not like to speak about the third one. 

“In the last 5 years, we have successfully conducted three air strikes by going outside our borders. I will inform you about the two strikes but not about the third,” said Rajnath. “You have seen that in Uri, the terrorist who came from Pakistani soil have taken lives of 17 of our Army personnel who were sleeping at that time, in a cowardly attack. After that what our Army did everybody knows very well.” 

“The second air strike was after the Pulwama terror attack. I will not give you the information about the third one,” he added.

The Home Minister further said that India has drastically changed and is no more a ‘weak’ but a ‘strong’ nation. “Our policy is very clear, we will not disturb anybody but if somebody disturbs us we will not leave him,” he said. 

Rajnath also took on leaders who asked for ‘proof’ of the air-strike and ‘figures’ in terms of casualties by saying that they don’t believe in the sacrifice and valour of Army.

“It seems that they don’t believe in the valour of our soldiers, our pilots went there in Pakistan not for showering flowers but were on a targeted mission on basis of intelligence inputs,” he said. 

India carried out an air strike on February 26 on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp in Balakot, 13 days after the Jaish terror attack in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives.  (ANI)