‘Pak Making A Mockery Of Itself Over Balakot Strike’: Defence Minister

Nirmala Sitharaman pointed out how Pakistan is misleading officials about Balakot strikes (File)

New Delhi: 

Pakistan is making a mockery of itself by taking defence attaches and selected journalists to a site which was not even touched by the Indian Air Force during the air strike in Balakot on February 26, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today.

Instead of the terror training centre which was targeted by the Indian Air Force during the pre-emptive strike, they (Pak officials) are taking them to another site, she added.

In an interview to news agency ANI, Ms Sitharaman said it was for Pakistan to show what happened in the Balakot air strikes.

“It is for Pakistan to show they have not been hit, and that a number of people were not killed. They took 40 days to take a small group of journalists and defence attaches and limited the picnic they had arranged only to the madrasa. I am telling you that the madrasa was at the lower end of the foothill and behind the madrasa, into the dense forest was the terrorist training camp. So, Pakistan is making a mockery of itself,” she said.

When questioned about the Indian government’s silence on the outcome of the Balakot air strike, the defence minister said, “Before the attack took place, many Pakistani websites claimed that the targeted terror camp was recruiting young people. The terrorist who handled many attacks like the 2008 Mumbai terror attack was calling out to young men to join him. Not only this, recruiters of the…

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