New Delhi: In a shocking disclosure, Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Fali Homi Major has revealed that the Indian Air Force was ready to take revenge for devastating 2008 Mumbai terror attacks but the then United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government ‘blocked’ the surgical strike to teach Pakistan a lesson.
According to the Times Now report the former IAF chief, in conversation with Times Now’s National Affairs Editor Srinjoy Chowdhury, revealed the IAF’s surgical strike plan in 2008.
Nine years after the 26/11, the ex-IAF chief dropped a bombshell when he revealed that they had the plan as well as capability to hit the terror-training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 2008, but the then UPA government never gave a nod.
Talking to Times Now, the former IAF chief said that two days after the strike, the heads of the three services of Indian Armed Forces were called at the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence along with the then defence minister AK Antony and defence secretary.
Before the meeting, the three chiefs had discussed amongst themselves what could be done and considered the possible options the government could ask them to take, said Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Fali Homi Major.
During the meeting, the IAF chief apprised the then PM that from logistics to weapons and planes, everything was ready to strike terror-training camps in PoK. But he never received a go-ahead from the government.
In the wake of an attack like 26/11, the window of opportunity to strike is 24 hours, said Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Fali Homi Major, adding that even a small tactical action by the Air Force has a strategic effect.
“Surgical strike was an opportunity lost and we didn’t make use of it.”
In a nutshell, here are the claims made by the former IAF chief:
The revelation tears apart Congress’ claims that the UPA has also conducted surgical strike during its tenure but never publicised it to gain the electoral advantage like PM Narendra Modi.
The sensational revelation raises the following questions:
Why did UPA let go of an opportunity to teach Pakistan a lesson in the aftermath of 26/11 attack?
Why did UPA not take up IAF’s proposal of surgical strike despite IAF Chief’s assurances of being prepared?
Was Congress misleading India when it claimed to have carried out successful surgical strikes during its tenure?
The disclosure has sent political shockwaves. The Bharatiya Janata Party has slammed the then UPA government.
Nationalist Congress Party leader Majid Memon has described the revelation as truly shocking.