Conducted third strike as well, won’t give details: Rajnath
Srinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti interact with media during a press conference in Srinagar on Thursday. PTI Photo/ PIB(PTI8_25_2016_000211B)
New Delhi, Mar 9: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday said apart from the surgical strike after the Uri attack and the air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot after Pulwama, there was a “third strike” but stopped short of giving details. “In the last five years, three times we have crossed the border and conducted successful strikes. I will provide information on two, but not the third. Once in Uri, our soldiers were killed by militants coming from Pakistan, then our soldiers had responded. Next was after Pulwama. The third one I will not disclose,” Rajnath Singh said at a rally in Mangaluru, a video of which has been shared by news agency ANI. “India is not weak anymore”, he added as the crowd broke out into loud applause. India had sent fighter jets to Balakot in Pakistan on February 26 to target the biggest militant training camp of the Jaish, the group responsible for the February 14 attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama in which over 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber. In September 2016, Indian troops had crossed the Line of Control to take out militant launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, weeks after Pakistani militants attacked an army base in Uri in Kashmir, killing 19 soldiers.