Hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah claimed that more than 250 terrorists were killed in the Indian Air Force’s strike in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has questioned the purpose of the attack. “What was the purpose then? Were you uprooting terrorist or trees? Was it an election gimmick?” tweeted Sidhu.
“Deceit possesses our land in guise of fighting a foreign enemy….Stop politicising the army, it is as sacred as the state,” he said on microblogging site today morning.
300 terrorist dead, Yes or No?
What was the purpose then? Were you uprooting terrorist or trees? Was it an election gimmick?
Deceit possesses our land in guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
Stop politicising the army, it is as sacred as the state.
ऊंची दुकान फीका पकवान| pic.twitter.com/HiPILADIuW— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) March 4, 2019
Earlier, Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had sparked controversy for insisting that dialogue and diplomatic pressure will count for in seeking a long-term solution to terror outfits operating across the border, amid a strain in India-Pakistan ties in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack and subsequent developments.
"I stand by my conviction that dialogue and diplomatic pressure will count for a great deal in seeking a long-term solution to the presence and practice of terror outfits that operate within and across the border," the cricketer-turned-politician had said in a two-page statement titled "We have a choice."
However, Congress had distanced itself from his remarks terming the suggestions made by its Sidhu as his personal opinion and not that of the party.
The Centre and the opposition party leaders have been at loggerheads over the IAF strike in which 12 Mirage 2000 aircraft was used to drop 1000 kg bombs on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp across the Line of Control (LoC).