National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah in Delhi on Wednesday
National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah in Delhi on Wednesday

Where is the proof: Farooq asks Amit Shah over claim on number of terrorists killed in Balakot air strike

ANI | Updated: Mar 06, 2019 18:57 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 6 (ANI): National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday asked BJP president Amit Shah to substantiate with proof his claim over the number of terrorists killed in the air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26.  
Questioning the BJP president, Farooq demanded that Shah should come up with evidence of his "300 terrorists killed" claim. Farooq was speaking at an event in memory of former union minister and socialist George Fernandes in the national capital.
"Where is the proof when Amit Shah says 300 died? Where is the proof of those 300? And (when) you ask, you are anti-national, you are against the country," said Farooq.
The Indian Air Force carried out air strike at a vast and advanced training camp of JeM at Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during the pre-dawn hours on February 26 in retaliation to the dreaded terrorist organisation's deadly attack on CRPF convoy on February 14 in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in which as many as 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
While addressing a rally in Ahmedabad on March 3, Shah claimed that over 250 terrorists were killed in the air strike.
Farooq, while speaking at the Delhi event, said: “Rs 40,000 crore is given to the MPs for the local development work that they can do. A Member of Parliament gets Rs 500 crore a year for doing the local works… 30 per cent of that money is eaten up by the officers and our Prime Minister says I am going to knock off corruption.”
Recollecting an incident long time back, Farooq said, “I wanted to build a small hospital in Jammu… I kept Rs 1 crore. This happened many years ago. The man I kept in-charge came to me and said, ‘Please take this money back'. When I asked why, he replied that the officers were already telling him that 'Rs 10 lakh is for you, Rs 20 lakh for us officers and Rs 10 lakh is for the builder.' Then the in-charge went on to say, 'Sir Rs 60 lakh will be left, what will be built?'”
Without taking names, Farooq also accused political parties of being "power hungry" and egoist. "It is unfortunate that in politics we are so power hungry that we don't want to share. Each party thinks they are mightier than the other. I wonder after the election what they will think." (ANI)