Addressing women BJP workers in Ahmedabad Thursday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said no Pakistani soldier or civilian was killed in the air strike that targeted a terror camp at Balakot in Pakistan in February.
“Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) which was behind the Pulwama terror attack and they did just that — destroyed their camp and returned,” the senior BJP leader said.
“Our armed forces were told to target only Jaish-e- Mohammed which was behind the Pulwama terror attack and they did just that – destroyed their camp and returned,” the senior BJP leader said.
Reflecting on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Swaraj said that the then Congress-led UPA government failed to take along other countries to isolate Pakistan despite the fact that 40 people belonging to 14 countries were also killed in the strike.
She further said that Indian military was given a “free hand” in the operation but was clearly told that no Pakistani civilian should be killed and also there be “not even a scratch” on the Pakistani army.
Swaraj applauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has emerged as a top international leader who sets the agenda for the world, and talked about the surgical stricken, the airstrike, and the recent ASAT mission of India.
On February 26, the Indian Air Force claimed to have bombed a Jaish-e-Mohammad training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot area in retaliation to a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel.