‘We didn’t utter a word, but Pakistan cried’: PM Modi on Balakot strike in UP rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that it was Pakistan which “cried” after the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a strike at terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed deep across the Line of Control while India kept ‘silent’. He said Pakistan had done its preparation after Pulwama attack expecting a post-Uri style surgical strike, but “we went by air”.

Speaking at a Public rally in UP’s Greater Noida PM Modi said, “After Uri, the Opposition asked for proof. After Pulwama, our bravehearts killed terrorists in their own dens. They secured borders, so we did airstrikes. We didn’t utter a word, but Pakistan was so appalled that at 5 am they themselves tweeted about the airstrike and said ‘Modi ne mara, Modi ne mara’. After surgical strike, we let the world know, after air strike Pakistan let the world know about airstrikes,” said PM Modi.

“But, during the rule of previous govt, no action was initiated against terror. Which is why, terror attacks keep happening after Mumbai attacks. Previous govts didn’t change their policies, just keep changing home minister. If they had responded” he added.

“Even though Pakistan admitted airstrike, Opposition started asking where is Balakot. They keep asking ‘Is Balakot in India or Pakistan?’ When IAF said the airstrike happened, why did they suspect it?” questioned Modi while training guns at the Opposition.

Explain to people who sent Azhar back: Rahul Gandhi

  • The Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, in his Lok Sabha poll rally in Telangana also launched sharp attack on PM Modi and his BJP regarding the historic release of Jaish chief Masood Azhar and diplomacy with China.
  • “A few days ago, in Pulwama CRPF personnel were killed. I have a small question to ask the prime minister, who killed them? What is the name of chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed? Masood Azhar? You explain to the people that who sent Azhar back and how he was sent. We are not like you. We don’t bend before terrorism,” said Rahul Gandhi.
  • “I also request him to please also tell the nation when you were sitting on a swing with Chinese President that the Chinese army entered Doklam. And even today the Chinese army is there, the whole world knows this. The Chinese army entered the country, but Modi still went to China without agenda,” he added.

PM Modi was speaking at a rally after inauguring several projects on Saturday morning. The launched projects include the inauguration of 6.67 kilometre stretch of Delhi Metro’s Blue Line between Noida City Centre and Electronic City and Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology. Later in the day, he is scheduled to inaugurate Khurja thermal power plant in UP and, through video link, a 1320 MW power plant in Bihar. On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi kick-started the party campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana today.