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If only a similar deterrent action was taken after Mumbai attack: Sitharaman on Balakot airstrikes

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

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 24, 2019, 01.16 PM (IST)

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said that she has enough reasons to believe that the armed forces did not take a deterrent action after the Mumbai attack adding that she wished a similar action, like that of an airstrike, could have taken place after 26/11.  

"If only a similar deterrent action (#airstrike) was taken after Mumbai attack...  and I have enough reasons to believe that armed forces did tell the govt at that time, if you want us to do something, we are ready but we want you to take the call," Sitharaman said in Hyderabad. 

External Affairs Ministers also spoke on the matter, hailing India's diplomatic prowess which exhibited when Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over by Pakistan in just two days. 

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"The very next day Pakistan sent their aircraft, we shot down one of them and they shot down one of ours, capturing our pilot. This exhibits the success of Indian diplomacy that they handed over our pilot in just two days," Swaraj stated.

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday slammed Congress party after Indian Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda, who is also known as a close aide of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, questioned the airstrikes carried out by the Indian Air Force at JeM camps in Balakot, Pakistan in an interview with news agency ANI. 

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“If they (IAF) killed 300, it's ok. All I am saying is can you give me more facts and prove it,” said Pitroda on Friday in the interview.

Scores of Union Ministers and BJP bigwigs have gone ahead defending the Balakot strikes ever since. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter on Friday, and in a series of tweets, lashed out at Pitroda.  

"The most trusted advisor and guide of the Congress President has kick-started the Pakistan National Day celebrations on behalf of the Congress, ironically by demeaning India’s armed forces," PM Modi tweeted out. 
 

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External Affairs Ministers also spoke on the matter, hailing India's diplomatic prowess which exhibited when Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over by Pakistan in just two days.