WATCH | ‘Over 250’: BJP chief Amit Shah tells (in Gujarati) number of terrorists killed in Balakot airstrike
“Narendra Modi government’s impact was such that for the first time in the world, a Prisoner of War was released in such a short time… Abhinandan was released within 48 hours,” Shah said on Sunday
Even though the Indian Air Force (IAF) hasn’t disclosed the number of terrorists killed in airstrike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, BJP president Amit Shah has claimed that over 250 terrorists were killed on February 26.
“Army did a surgical strike after the Uri attack. After the Pulwama attack, people said there could not be a surgical strike due to the high level of alertness. But on the 13th day, the Narendra Modi government carried out an airstrike, and more than 250 terrorists were killed,” Shah said, speaking in Gujarati, on Sunday.
His statement has come at a time when opposition parties have been accusing BJP of making attempts to politicise the supreme sacrifices made by soldiers for the electoral gains.
Addressing political rallies in Ahmadabad and Surat, Shah went on to shower praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the release of a Wing Commander captured by Pakistan Army. “When Abhinandan Varthaman was caught, they (Opposition) started again. But the Narendra Modi government’s impact was such that for the first time in the world, a Prisoner of War was released in such a short time… Abhinandan was released within 48 hours.”
He also claimed that India has become only the third country in the world, after the United States and Israel, to avenge attacks on its armed forces.
Slamming the opposition parties, he alleged that they “raised doubts” on the courage of the armed forces and their demand for proof of the IAF air strike brought a “smile on Pakistan's face”.
He said these parties should “keep quiet” if they were unable to appreciate what Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the country's armed forces had achieved through the air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Pakistan.