Akhilesh Yadav demands evidence of air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday demanded evidence of Indian Air Force’s (IAF) air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps in Pakistan. Raising questions over the February 26 pre-dawn strikes, he said that the country must know the truth. Before Akhilesh, several opposition leaders accused BJP-led government of politicising terror and sought proof of air strikes in Balakot.

Former union minister and Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide evidence about the strikes as the international media including Reuters, New York Times and Washington Post have reported that there is no proof of terrorist losses in Balakot.

Attacking BJP, another Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu questioned the strikes and called it an election gimmick. Singh asked the government to stop politicising the Army, it is as sacred as the state. Taking to Twitter, he asked the BJP-led government whether 300 terrorists were killed in air strikes or not. He also asked the Centre were you uprooting trees or terrorists, referring to the claim made by Pakistan that the IAF strikes did not kill anyone but uprooted several trees in Balakot.

After the questions of the opposition parties over February 26 air strikes, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday stated that there is no relationship between upcoming Lok Sabha elections and air strikes.

Earlier, the IAF jets carried out pre-dawn air strikes on Jaish terror camp. As per reports, around 300 terrorists were killed including top commanders and recruiters. The offensive comes after 12 days of the Pulwama terror attack which claimed the lives of at least 44 CRPF jawans.

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