Balakot airstrike: We hit the targets, IAF chief snubs skeptics

IAF chief
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa has sent out a strong rebuttal to the growing clan of sceptics about the airstrikes, carried out on the terror camps at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on February 26.

On Monday, addressing a press conference he asserted that the target was hit. ‘If we plan to hit a target, we hit it’. If IAF dropped bombs in jungle, why would Paksitan PM respond the way he did, he asked. He also clarified that counting human casualties was not IAF’s job

Air Chief Marshal’s statement is significant amid growing clamour among Opposition parties for proof of damages caused to the terror camps as well as the casualty number in the airstrikes on terror camps run by Jaish-e-Mohamood.

Earlier, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjeee had said that only one person was said to have died in the strike. Congress leader and former Union minister Kapil Sibal had said that as per a report in the international media, hardly anyone died in the airstrikes. Congress leader Digvijay Singh had demanded that all the proofs be made public as the Obama government did after the death of Osama bin Laden. Another Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday mocked the airstrike asking if they were for uprooting trees or terrorists.

IAF had carried the strikes targeting terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad, which had claimed responsibility for the dastardly attack on Indian security personnel, killing 40 of them, in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.

Now, will Air Chief Marshal’s statement put their suspicions over the efficacy of the airstrikes to rest?

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