Since Pakistan was not acting against terror groups, we decided to act: Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman

Continuing the clarifications on the Indian Air Force’s strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot to destroy terror training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday stressed that since Pakistan failed to tackle the terrorism menace, India had to launch the attack.

“Pakistan was not acting on terrorism and continued to train, fund, endow and support them. Since Pakistan did not take a call on terrorism, we took a decision to hit out at the nerve centre which was training, funding and giving capacity to what they call ‘Fidayeen’. Since we had enough intelligence to say that this is where it is coming from, we pre-emptively attacked their terror camps,” she said at an event in Chennai, according to news agency ANI.

She reiterated that it was not a military action, but a targeted attack on terrorists which Pakistan should have done, adding that Pakistan continues to be the country where “terrorists are trained, funded, supported by military establishment and sent across”. Read More

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