BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has made a sensational disclosure by confessing that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was not informed about Tuesday’s air strikes into Pakistan by the Indian Air Force.
Taking to Twitter, Swamy said, “I learn that our smash hit operation against terror camps in Pak and PoK was conceptualised by by just seven persons: PM NSA three service Chief and IB & RAW.”
I learn that our smash hit operation against terror camps in Pak and PoK was conceptualised by by just seven persons: PM NSA three service Chief and IB & RAW.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) March 1, 2019
His revelation assumes significance since, according to him, while three service chief were involved in the planning and execution of the air strikes, their boss was kept in the dark.
Swamy also posted a link to a report by the Hindustan Times, which made a similar claim. According to the Hindustan Times report, India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval called his US counterpart John Bolton over the phone and briefed him about the strike and India’s right to pre-emptively defend itself.
The paper added, “On February 18, Modi approved the strike. According to intelligence officials, only seven people knew of this decision – Modi, Doval, the three service chiefs, and the heads of RAW and Intelligence Bureau.”
The Indian Air Force had carried out air strikes deep inside Pakistan in Balakot targeting Jaish-e-Mohammed targets. On Thursday, the Indian Air Force said that it was premature to speculate on the number of casualties in the air strikes.
A day later, Pakistani fighter jets had crossed the LoC targeting Indian military installations. One MiG 21 fighter jet had fallen in the neighbouring country as the Pakistani army captured Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. The captured Indian Air Force officer is expected to be released today.