Replying to opposition’s criticism as to how could BJP Chief Amit Shah know that 300-350 militants were bombed in air strike on Pakistan’s Balakot, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that it was only ‘estimate” and the government would announce the exact figure of deaths.    

During a press briefing at BJP headquarters, Mr. Prasad said that “the BJP President would have spoken according to an estimate. The exact number of casualties (of militants) could be greater. The government would speak on it. We should not speculate.”

Mr. Prasad continued, “The crux of the matter is that a large-scale and effective attack was carried out which caused extensive damage to the terror infrastructure. And above all, we believe our Air Force.”

The Union Law Minister also insisted that “voluminous contemporaneous evidence is available” to prove that the Indian Air Force air strike carried out on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s biggest terror camps in Balakot on February 26 was “very effective”.

Replying to another media query about PM Modi using the Pulwama terror attack martyr’s photos in the background of the election rally, Mr. Prasad claims that there was nothing wrong in doing so.

“What is wrong in that? The martyrs’ pictures should be hung at every crossing in the country, and must be especially hung outside the residences of (Congress leaders) Digvijaya Singh, Kapil Sibal, and P Chidambaram,” added Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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