Union home minister Rajnath Singh has asked opposition leaders to go to Pakistan and find out how many terrorists were killed in the air strike by Indian Air Force (IAF) targeting the Jash-e-Mohammed (JeM) training camps at Balakot.
Addressing a rally in Assam’s Dhubri district on Tuesday, Singh said politics should not be done to form the government, but for the country and the society.
"Some of our opposition leaders are asking how many terrorists died in the air strike. This will be revealed today or tomorrow. The responsibility of IAF was to hit the target, and they accomplished that. I would ask my friends in Congress to go to Pakistan and find out how many died."
Citing the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) surveillance report before the air strike, home minister Singh said 300 active targets in the facility could not be 'plants and trees'.
"Why are you asking us how many terrorists died? The NTRO said there were 300 mobile phones with active signal strength in the area before the strike. Now, keep guessing the number of deaths – of course, 300 active mobile phones can’t belong to plants and trees there,” said Singh.
Stating that the Narendra Modi government is committed to avenge the death of 40 Pulwama martyrs, Singh said anyone trying to destabilise the country will not be spared.
“If need be, we will dig them out of hell, but no one who wants to destabilise the country would be forgiven. If you have a problem or any demand, the government is always ready for talks in a democratic setup, but if anyone chooses arms to fulfil their demands, we will not forgive them," he added.
Ahead of 2019 general elections, Singh once again reiterated the government’s commitment to give shelter to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in India. However, he mentioned that the government will decide on the fate of 'foreigners' without subjecting them to ‘inhuman treatment’.
"We will do justice to victims of religious persecution who come to India from neighbouring countries, but we will not let foreigners be subjected to inhuman treatment. We will discuss their status with the respective government of their country of origin, and decide."
The home minister in his speech also paid tribute to the 40 CRPF martyrs who died in the deadliest suicide attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM in Pulwama on February 14.