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Balakot airstrike casualty figures: Should I count the number of mosquitoes killed, asks V K Singh

The opposition has been lashing out at the government for not officially submitting the death toll post Balakot strike.

Published: 06th March 2019 11:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th March 2019 12:01 PM   |  A+A-

VK Singh

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh (File | AFP)

By Online Desk

Union Minister V K Singh took a dig at the Opposition on Wednesday for demanding a proof that the Balakot strike killed 300 terrorists. The former Indian Army chief compared the 'dead terrorists' with mosquitoes.

"Around 3.30 AM, there were too many mosquitoes. I used HIT spray (mosquito repellent). Now, should I sit and count how many mosquitoes were killed or should I go back to sleep," he tweeted with 'generally speaking' as a hashtag.

The Opposition has been lashing out at the government for not officially submitting the death toll post-Balakot strike.

On Tuesday, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman refused to confirm the casualty figure saying "The foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, in his media briefing, gave the statement; that is the figure."

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While the government has not given any concrete figure, the BJP President Amit Shah, at a rally in Ahmedabad earlier this week claimed that over 250 terrorists were killed when the Indian Air Force struck the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26.

Following Shah's statement, V K Singh said that the BJP chief meant that these many “might have died” in the air strike and that the death toll is not a “confirmed figure.”

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