‘We kept quiet, but Pak began crying at 5am’: PM on Balakot strike
New Delhi, Mar 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was Pakistan which “cried” after the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a strike in Balakot claiming they targeted the camps of militant outfit JeM deep across the Line of Control. He said Pakistan had done its preparation after Pulwama attack expecting a post-Uri style surgical strike, but “we went by air”. “When surgical strike happened, we informed the country about it…After Pulwama, we did what we had but we were keeping quiet. It was Pakistan that started crying at 5 am on Twitter. Pakistan started crying ‘Modi ne maara, Modi ne maara’ (Modi hit us, Modi hit us)…But some people, who eat of India but make statements to help Pakistan,” PM Modi told a public rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida. The prime minister said, “After Pulwama attack, the brave soldiers of India did what had not been done in decades. They hit the militants and their patrons.” “Pakistan expected that Modi will carry out another surgical strike. They made heavy deployment along on the ground. But we went there by air,” he said. PM Modi targeted the opposition leaders once again for seeking clarification from the government over the IAF strike in Balakot camps belonging to Jaish, the outfit which claimed responsibility for attack in Pulwama killing 40 CRPF troopers on February 14. He said, “Pakistan has admitted that IAF strike happened there. The IAF has stated that they carried out a strike at Jaish camp. But some people still have doubts and raise questions…They are just helping Pakistan.” “Should they have any doubt who have Indian blood flowing in their veins?…Should they have any doubt who chant Bharat Mata ki jai (Hail Mother India)? Who are these people who raise doubts? Will you trust the words of these people,” PM?Modi said in his speech after inaugurating development projects from Noida. PM Modi blamed the previous governments for adopting policies that allowed the menace of “terrorism” turned into a “naasur” (canker). “After the surgical strike and air strike, the patrons of terror have understood this is not the India of old…Terror attacks and blasts even earlier were linked to Pakistan. But the previous governments just changed the home minister. Should such situations be dealt with by changing home minister or policy? We changed the policy,” PM Modi said. Stating the militants are in panic after strict action taken by India, PM Modi said it is the time to stay “alert” against those “trying to break the nation”.