‘Govt rejected IAF’s proposal to hit Pak after 26/11 attack’

‘Govt rejected IAF’s proposal to hit Pak after 26/11 attack’
BS Dhanoa (File)
MUMBAI, DEC 28 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/28/2019 12:32:00 PM IST

Former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief BS Dhanoa on Friday claimed that the then government of Manmohan Singh rejected the IAF’s proposal to hit Pakistani terrorist camps after the deadly 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He added that an attack on foreign soil is a political decision and the then Congress government decided not to attack Pakistan.

While speaking at VJTI’s annual festival, Technovanza in Mumbai, BS Dhanoa said that the Indian Air Force knew where the terror camps were located in Pakistan and were ready to bombard them. “But it is a political decision whether to carry out a strike or not,” he added. Dhanoa said that even after the attack on Parliament in December 2001, the IAF had proposed decisive action against Pakistan through airstrikes. Pakistan owes its exalted position in society to its propagation of threat from India, said BS Dhanoa.

The former IAF chief asserted that Pakistan would lose several of its privileges if it decides to come at peace. “Islamabad would keep the Kashmir pot boiling without allowing it to boil over. Pakistan indulges in propaganda battles and will continue to attack, he added.

Showing confidence in India’s firepower, Dhanoa said the IAF has the ability to fight short, swift wars tomorrow, and any future war on land, air, sea and space. He went on to recall that Balakot strike, which was carried out on February 26, 2019, created a shock effect in Pakistan and the Pakistan Air Force was caught off the guard. “There is lack of joint planning among Pakistan’s defence forces and their morale is low,” added the ex-IAF chief.

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