MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

“If Pakistan claims to be a ‘naya Pakistan’ with ‘nayi soch‘, it should demonstrate ‘naya action’ against terrorism, India said on Saturday.

In its media briefing Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar urged Pakistan to take improvised action against the terror groups in its soil responsible for cross border terrorism.

Pointing out at Pakistan’s refusal to let journalists access the site of the February 26 anti-terror Indian strike, Kumar said that Pakistan has “plenty to hide”.

Kumar also urged Pakistan to release the video recording of the downing of a second Indian aircraft to support its claims. “Why have they not shared the video with international media?” questioned Kumar.

“This initial bravado, that “everything is open, please come and visit”, has disappeared,” MEA Raveesh Kumar said. He outrightly dismissed Pakistan’s denial of India carrying out a successful anti-terror strike against a major JeM camp.

“We are absolutely confident that the strikes on Balakot has been successful and achieved the desired objectives,” he said. Reinforcing that Pakistan had used an F-16 against India on February 27, Kumar stood by the Indian Air Force’s statement.

“Indian Air Force MiG 21 Bison, piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan, shot down a Pakistan F-16  fighter aircraft,” he said.

“There are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence to this effect. We have also shared evidence in the form of parts of AMRAAM missile that was recovered from the site which are only carried by F16 aircraft of Pakistani Air Force,” Kumar reiterated on Saturday while adding that Pakistan should be forthcoming just the way India has been transparent.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar added that if Pakistan claims that it had shot two Indian fighter planes then it should back its claims with proof.


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