Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for demanding evidence of the airstrike conducted by the Indian Air Force in Balakot earlier in February.
Rahul Gandhi had addressed the media earlier in the day, wherein he referred to statements made by a few families of martyred CRPF jawans in Pulwama to question the government on the airstrike in Pakistan on February 26.
In response to the remarks by the Congress president, Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad felt that no amount of evidence will satisfy the Gandhi scion, and he should get concrete evidence of the airstrike from Pakistan.
"....He (Rahul Gandhi) doesn't believe in Supreme Court, CAG. Does Rahul Gandhi want certificate from Pakistan (on the air strikes)? He should get the certificate from Pakistan on his own. We can't help much in that. Anyways, there is lot of talk about Rahul Gandhi and his party leaders in Pakistan in the recent times. The allegations are baseless and shameful. Rahul Gandhi should stop playing with security of the nation," the Union Minister added.
Addressing a media briefing, which was primarily on the Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi responded to a question on the Balakot airstrike by stating that the government should provide evidence of the same for the families of martyred CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack.
"Yesterday I read that the families of CRPF jawans have demanded (evidence). That is their feeling, and people of Congress spoke about it. I wouldn't like to go much in detail, but there is a feeling these families that we have suffered injuries, so they should be shown what has been done," the Congress president had said.
On February 26, the Indian Air Force stormed inside the Pakistan territory and destroyed three terror havens of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terror group which orchestrated the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans attained martyrdom.
While the IAF has been very clear that it hit its intended target, the Opposition has raised series of questions over the operation, including how much was the impact and how many terrorists, if at all, were killed from the attack.