The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) senior leader and MP Majeed Memon on Monday has questioned the Indian Army General Bipin Rawat over his statement on Balakot terror camps. General Bipin Rawat briefed the media in Chennai on Monday and addressed several topics. General Rawat said that the terror camp of Balakot that was destroyed by the Indian Air Force has been functional again.
Majeed Memon slamming the Army said, "General Bipin Rawat should not be a part of the election campaign of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Just because the assembly elections are around the corner they remember about Balakot. Suddenly Rawat has spoken about the Balakot airstrike. I would request Rawat sir that please don't become a part of the BJP election campaign." "This is not right on his path. Now we can see that all of the sudden topics like Pulwama, Balakot, Article 370 have been raised. But all these topics are nowhere related to the Assembly elections. Campaigning for the elections has been started and Modi Ji, Amit Ji, Rawat sir, all of them are talking about these issues which don't relate to the election in any manner." he added.
Earlier speaking at a public rally as Maharashtra is gearing up for the assembly polls, the NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that people are spreading false information about Pakistan to gain political mileage. He spoke about the hospitality he received in Pakistan.
"I have visited Pakistan and received their hospitality. Pakistanis have relatives in India and they want to meet them and vice versa. But there are visa issues. People here say that those in Pakistan are facing injustice and are unhappy ....these things are being said only for political gains without understanding the actual situation in Pakistan. Those in power here are spreading false things for political benefits," he said.
Almost seven months after India struck the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) training camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, Chief of army staff General Bipin Rawat on Monday said that the Balakot has been reactivated. Addressing the media from officers training academy in Chennai after the inauguration of a new leadership wing for the cadets at the academy, General Rawat said that the terror camp of Balakot was destroyed after the Indian Air Force struck it in February. However, he said that Balakot has been functional again, exposing Pakistan's inability to take action against the terror groups and proving the Indian army's action in the area. Moreover, the chief of army staff also said that Pakistan must be left guessing about India's next action against terror groups operating on its soil. "Why should we repeat Balakot Air Strike? Why not beyond that? Let them keep guessing," he said.