‘You’re Guilty of Politicising Terror’: Kapil Sibal Slams Govt

Kapil Sibal cited international media reports on the IAF air strikes that targeted JeM terror camps in Balakot.

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Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.

After BJP President Amit Shah said that “over 250 terrorists” were killed in the Indian Air Force strike on terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot, Opposition leaders questioned the Centre for allegedly politicising the issue and demanded “evidence” related to the operation.

On Monday, 4 March, senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he is guilty of politicising terror.

‘Is International Media Pro-Pakistan?’

Citing reports by some of the leading publications like The New York Times, The Guardian and Reuters, Sibal asked the prime minister if the international media reports were "pro-Pakistan?"

Last week, India had carried out air strikes, targeting a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp, in the aftermath of a suicide attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on 14 February.

‘Were You Uprooting Terrorists or Trees?’

At the same conclave as Shah, Congress leader P Chidambaram also said that he was ready to believe the government, but "the world cannot be asked to suspend disbelief.”

Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also hit out at the government on Monday and said that the Centre should “stop politicising the army” as it is “as sacred as the state.”

He tweeted, “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.”

After the air strike, some Opposition leaders asked for evidence of the number of terrorists killed. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was among the first leaders to ask for the details of the operation.

Opposition’s Statements Hurt National Interest, Says BJP

Accusing the Congress-led UPA of running a “terrible” government and even a “more terrible” Opposition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday, 3 March, said that their statements have hurt India's national interest and have given ammunition to Pakistan to discredit the country.

"Statements made by Opposition parties (after IAF's counter terror operation in Balakot) hurt India's national interest. They give smiles to Pakistan and become an instrument in Pakistan's hands to discredit India's operation against terrorism," Jaitley said in a blog, stressing that on such occasions, the nation ought to speak in one voice, as was done by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Jan Sangh during the 1971 war.

(With inputs from PTI, India Today)

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