File photo of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
The Indian Army's September 2016 surgical strike and the Indian Air Force's February 26 air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Pakistan's Balakot have been well publicised, but it is the 'third strike' mentioned by Singh today that has begun to raise fevered speculation.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Saturday that in the last five years, India has hit Pakistan three times.
"Pichle 5 varsho mein, teen baar apni seema ke bahar jaa kar hum logon ne air strike kar kaamyaabi haasil ki hai (We have crossed our borders three times in the last five years and conducted successful air strikes)," Singh said.
"Do ki jaankari apko dunga, teesri ki nahi dunga (I will tell you about two but not about the third)," the union home minister added.
Singh was speaking in Karnataka's Mangaluru.
While Singh said "three air strikes", he went on to say that the first strike came after the terrorist attack on the Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri. Nineteen soldiers had died in that attack.
Eleven days after the Uri attack, the Indian Army had conducted a surgical strike on terror launchpads along the Line of Control.
Singh said the second strike was conducted after Pulwama.
On February 14, a suicide attack on a Central Reserve Police Force convoy had killed at least 40 CRPF personnel. The attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Twelve days after Pulwama, on February 26, the Indian Air Force conducted an air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunwa province.
On Saturday, Singh said "this is no longer a weak India".
The Indian Army's September 2016 surgical strike and the Indian Air Force's recent air strike on the JeM training camp in Balakot have been well publicised, but it is the "third strike" mentioned by Singh today that has begun to raise fevered speculation.