Srinagar: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of “lying” to the nation on the Balakot air strike and the claim of shooting down a Pakistani F-16 aircraft.
Abdullah, who is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Srinagar constituency, said the BJP-led central government carried out the aerial strike because the Prime Minister had “failed” in delivering on his promises.
“He (Modi) had promised that Rs 15 lakh will be put in your accounts, did you get Rs 15 lakh? When he failed in all these things, his head was hanging whenever I used to see him in Parliament… At that time, some MPs would say that he would do something… What did he do? For a few seconds, he sent three planes to the border which is known as Balakot and dropped bombs there,” Abdullah said, addressing an election rally in Fakir Gujri area here on Friday.
The former chief minister said the government claimed that a number of terrorists were killed but there is no clarity.
“Some people said 500 were killed and some others even said 700 were killed. Here if one person is killed, the whole world comes to know. Would no one know if 300 were killed?” he asked.
On the report in a US journal that the US count claims no F-16 jet was shot down by IAF’s MiG-21 Bison, Abdullah asked the prime minister why he was “lying” to the people of the country.
“He (Modi) said we shot down their (Pakistani) fighter plane F-16. Now, the US has come up saying all the Pakistani F-16s are counted. Not one has been shot down. There must be some basis for even lies, Modi ji. How long will you lie to people? And did you win (the battle)? Has Pakistan disappeared? Why are you lying? Do you think the Hindus will buy into all this?” he said.
Hoping that the BJP will not return to power at the centre, Abdullah said whichever party comes to power, “they will definitely talk to Pakistan and Jammu & Kashmir will be the first priority”.
“We can’t bear living like this … Deaths take place everyday,” he said.