Air strike was targeted attack at terrorists... Pakistan should have done it: Nirmala Sitharaman

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 10, 2019, 05.26 PM(IST)

File photo of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Speaking in Chennai, she said, 'The air strike was not a military action, it was a targeted attack on terrorists which actually Pakistan should have done, they didn't'.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said that the February 26 air strike by the Indian Force on Pakistan's Balakot was a targeted attack on terrorists which should have been done by Pak.

Speaking in Chennai, she said, "The air strike was not a military action, it was a targeted attack on terrorists which actually Pakistan should have done, they didn't".

She further said that Pakistan was not acting on terrorists and it continues to train, fund and support terrorism.

"One thing is very clear Pak wasn't acting on terrorists. It continues to be the country where terrorists are trained, funded, supported by military establishment and sent across. Its theory of using non-state actors to keep terrorism going on continues without disturbance," she said.

She added that the army had the intelligence information about the presence of terrorists and therefore it hit the nerve centre that was aiding Fidayeen.

"We took decision to hit that nerve centre which was training, funding and giving capacity to what they call Fidayeen. Since we had enough intel information to say that that's where it is coming out of, we acted on terror so that no longer goes unattended".

(With inputs from ANI)