Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Monday said that the terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot bombed by India in February had been reactivated very recently and that about 500 terrorists were waiting to infiltrate into India.
Speaking to reporters at the Officers Training Academy at Chennai, Rawat said, “Balakot has been re-activated by Pakistan very recently. This shows Balakot was affected, it was damaged, it highlights some action was taken by the Indian Air Force at Balakot and now they have got the people back there.”
The Army Chief’s comments come days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to address the United Nations General Assembly.
On February 26, a dozen French-origin Mirage 2000 jets of the Indian Air Force penetrated deep inside Pakistan and bombed the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad camp in response to a terror attack in which a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a convoy of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, killing 40 soldiers.
The Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the UN later this week set to speak after PM Modi is likely to try and bring up India’s move to scrap special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and divide it into two Union Territories.
Pakistan’s move to re-activate the Balakot Jaish camp belies its commitment to the international community on not giving shelter to terrorists on its soil.