Kangan (Ganderbal): Former J&K chief minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Saturday again raised questions on the Balakot air strike, saying that the Indian Air Force managed to only hit trees.
Addressing an election rally in Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, Farooq Abdullah said that the BJP’s claims of bombing a Jaish training camp in Pakistan’s Balakote was all lies.
“What did they do? For a few seconds they sent three planes to the border area which is known as Balakot and dropped bombs there, which only managed to hit trees. Now Pakistan is seeking compensation for the loss of its trees,” he said.
Abdullah asked Modi why he was lying to the people of the country. “The BJP thinks they have got a new lease of life because of Balakot. They tried to portray that they would make Pakistan kneel down before them but instead they lost their own aircraft worth crores of rupees. Be thankful that the IAF pilot survived and returned from Pakistan with respect,” Abdullah said.
He said that while the Indian government believed in US reports during the Kargil war, it was now in denial when the US reported that there was no damage caused by the Balakot air strike.
Abdullah said Modi made many promises such as Rs 15 lakh to be put in everyone’s bank account, but did you get Rs 15 lakh, he asked. He said that Modi promised to create two crore jobs every year, but where were those jobs?
Abdullah said Modi had failed on all fronts and because he had nothing to show he was creating a war-like situation to divert the attention of people from real issues.
Abdullah said that the BJP thinks they will bring people from outside and make them settle here (in J&K) to alter demography. “Will we remain sleeping? We will fight against it. We will stand up against it. How will you end Article 370? I swear by the name of Allah, we will get independence from them,” he said.
Abdullah also said that Indian news channels were dishing out lies at the behest of vested interests.