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Aap Ki Adalat: Arun Jaitley on how Indian Air Force strike on JeM camps was planned

"Camps were destroyed during the surgical strike after which the Intelligence informed the government about a massive terror camp which was being operated in Pakistan," Jaitley said. 

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Published on: March 10, 2019 13:23 IST
Union Minister Arun Jaitley
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Arun Jaitley on Aap Ki Adalat

Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday revealed how Indian Air Force immaculately planned '100 per cent' successful airstrike on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camps on Pak soil. "This was the third major terrorist activity that India faced after the attack on the Indian Parliament followed by the Uri attack," Jaitley said, on Opposition accusing the Centre of politicising the martyrdom of jawans in Pulwama terror attack.

"The public outrage in the country following the Pulwama terror attack is known to all. Was every person politicising the issue?" asked Arun Jaitley. 

"Never before I had seen nearly 2 lakh people assembling for the funeral of one person, our Army jawans," Jaitley said, adding "Such were the feelings of our people that they watched the news with moist eyes. Was all this for publicity?" he said. 

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The Union minister explained the chain of events that led to the recent IAF air strike in Pakistan. 

"Camps were destroyed during the surgical strike after which the Intelligence informed the government about a massive terror camp which was being operated in Pakistan. Should we been hiding such things from the people?" Jaitley asked. 

"It would have been wrong on our part to not take actions against the terror camps even after gaining information about the same," he said. 

"It is the prime minister's decision whether to cross the LoC or not. We had crossed the LoC during surgical strike, this time we crossed the international border," the Union minister said. 

"The Army and the Indian Air Force had assured us of enough strength and capabilities before the air strike," he added. 

"Even the US carried out an operation against Osama bin Laden and targetted his center in Pakistan's Abbottabad. The bodies were later dumped into the ocean," Jaitley said. 

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Commenting on Opposition claims of politicising the Pulwama terror attack and asking for proofs of the air strike, Jaitley said, "In my opinion, the country should stand together with this act, but this Opposition is rather trying to figure out the politics in it."

Accusing the Opposition of singing to the tunes of Pakistan, the Union minister said, "They gave statements that became the headlines of Pakistani media. Pakistan said our claims, that there has been no air strike and that this is just a political move by Narendra Modi, has been echoed by 29 political organisations in India."

"The Opposition is trying to create disputes within the country in an attempt to gain favours in terms of political support," Jaitley alleged. 

'Aap Ki Adalat' with India TV Chairman and Editor-In-Chief Rajat Sharma was telecast on Saturday at 10 pm on India TV. Union Minister Arun Jaitley talked of surgical strike, IAF air strike in Pakistan and Rafale deal among other topics on the show.

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