Balakot airstrikes took place in Kashmir, not Pakistan, claims Sharad Pawar
Kashmir News Trust Web Desk
MUMBAI: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday claimed that the strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force in Balakot, Pakistan, actually took place in Kashmir.
During a live chat on Facebook, Pawar raised doubts about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claims of “hitting the enemy in his home”.
“People do not have information about the Line of Control and the situation there,” he said. “So, they felt some action had been taken against Pakistan.”
The Balakot airstrike, targetting Jaish-e-Mohammed training camps, came days after militants belonging to the Pakistan-based outfit killed 40 security personnel in Pulwama on February 14. The Indian government described the airstrikes as a “non-military preemptive action”. The airstrikes were mentioned several times by Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Modi and party president Amit Shah, during their campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.
Pawar also accused the BJP of creating a rift among different communities for electoral gains. The former Union minister said one community standing against another was dangerous for the country’s social harmony. “Cultural communalism received an indirect boost in the country, which politically benefitted the BJP,” Pawar said. “Muslims are the second-largest community in the country after Hindus.”