Reacting to Shashi Tharoor's demand for proof on the IAF's Balakot strike, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia, on Friday, has accused the Congress party of repeatedly doubting the statements made by the Indian armed forces, in conversation with Republic TV. He said that Tharoor's statement showed the sickening mindset of the Congress party. He questioned Tharoor's belief on the international media over the Indian Army and government. Futhermore, Bhatia commented on the timing of Tharoor's coment right before the UN General Assembly.
BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said, “ This shows the sickening mindset of the Congress party. Time and again they (congress) have tried to doubt the statements made by the armed forces. Shashi Tharoor has said congress has asked earlier as well, for proof of Surgical strike and the Balakot airstrike. They believe the Pakistani politicians and the International media but they have no faith in what the government and armed forces are saying," he said. He added that the statement from Shashi Tharoor comes just before PM Modi’s address to the UN General Assembly on September 27.
Earlier in the day, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had once again questioned the Balakot airstrike. He said, "They (international media) are saying that at Balakot no terrorists were killed. In the pictures published by international media, it was seen that only a few trees were hit. We don't have evidence nor do they, neither the government has it. If the government claims that it was an effective strike that killed many terrorists, they could have shown some evidence supporting the claim. I am hearing for the first time that Imran Khan has admitted that there was massive casualty faced."
Mere days after the Baklakot airstrike, Opposition leaders had been questioning the Centre for proofs of the IAF airstrike which blasted the largest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad. Congress Leaders like Navjot Singh Sidhu, Shashi Tharoor, Sam Pitroda to name a few, had asked for the proof. Meanwhile, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti also made a hue and cry over the “ambiguity” of the airstrikes. This had been in the wake of PM Modi's request to not question the credibility of the airstrikes conducted by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan.