Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday created political storm by claiming that in the past five years, Indian forces have thrice crossed the borders, signalling that there was a third incident involving cross-border strikes.
"In the past five years, we have crossed the border thrice and our men have successfully conducted air strikes," said Rajnath Singh.
Speaking at a rally in Karnataka, Singh said "You all know about the two strikes (Uri and Pulwama). I will not reveal the third one."
#WATCH Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a public rally in Mangaluru: Pichle 5 varsho mein, teen baar apni seema ke bahar jaa kar hum logon ne air strike kar kaamyaabi haasil ki hai. Do ki jaankari apko dunga, teesri ki nahi dunga. #Karnatakapic.twitter.com/NZKeJPulrS- ANI (@ANI) March 9, 2019
"India is not weak anymore", he added.
Warning Pakistan that it will have to pay "huge price" if it continued to promote terrorism on its land, the Home Minister said that Islamabad can no longer allow its land for use of terrorist activities.
In the domestic circuit, debate over the evidence of India's 26 February air strikes and clarity on the number of casualties have begun to gather momentum, with Opposition leaders like West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu seeking proof of air strike destroying the terrorist camp of JeM.
It is to be noted that in September 2016, the Indian Army had conducted "surgical strikes" on what it termed "launch-pads" used by militants in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (Pok), eleven days after the deadliest Uri attack in which 17 army personnel were killed.
In retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out major strikes at terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot town of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. On February 26, in a well coordinated operation, a fleet of Mirage 2000 aircraft struck inside Pakistan, targeting the JeM's training camp, which claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.
Edited by Chitranjan Kumar