New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received flak for his comment on Balakot Airstrike when he suggested the Indian Air Force (IAF) to go ahead with the operation even though the IAF officials had shared their reservations about the weather condition.
The Prime Minister was speaking to News Nation narrating the deliberations that underwent before the airstrike which were undertaken in the wake of Pulwama attack.
“On the night of airstrike, the weather was not conducive. The experts suggested to change the date of operation. I was skeptical about the secrecy of the operation. I am not an expert who knows these (technological) intricacies but I suggested that the overcast weather and rains may help us to avoid (Pakistan Air Force’s) radars. After much thoughts, I directed them to go ahead with the operation,” Modi said.
The oppostion was quick to react. Many opposition leaders took to Twitter to attack the PM. While, the Congress took a poetic jibe, one of its leaders Salman Soz questioned the PM’s advisors.
Jumla hi fekta raha paanch saal ki sarkar mein,— Congress (@INCIndia) May 12, 2019
Socha tha cloudy hai mausam,
Nahi aaunga radar mein. pic.twitter.com/xDeOg4Yq5K
On PM Modi's radar & clouds comment, it seems no one clarified for the PM how radars work. If that is the case, then it is a very serious national security issue. No laughing matter!— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) May 11, 2019
Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah made a sarcastic remark stating that “Pakistan’s radar doesn’t penetrate clouds.”
Pakistani radar doesn’t penetrate clouds. This is an important piece of tactical information that will be critical when planning future air strikes. https://t.co/OBHwEJfGSW— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 11, 2019
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechuri called Modi’s comment “anti-national” and “shameful”.
Modi's words are truly shameful. Most importantly, because they insult our Air Force as being ignorant and unprofessional. The fact that he is talking about all this is itself anti-national; no patriot would do this. pic.twitter.com/jxfGmdmlx7— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) May 11, 2019
India undertook airstrike in Pakistan’s Balakot after 40 Central Reserve Police Force soldiers lost their lives when Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kahsmir’s Pulwama....