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Confidence in forces guided my decision on Balakot, giving free hand to army: PM

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New Delhi, Mar 31:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he took the decision to go ahead with the air strikes in Balakot in Pakistan as he thought that “the game” should be played from where ‘terrorism’ was being controlled.

Addressing a ‘Main bhi Chowkidar’ event, he said Pakistan is in a fix because if it acknowledges the air strikes, it will have to accept that there was a terror camp there.

“They have been saying that there are no terror camps. Now they have to hide it. They are not allowing anybody to go there since the last one and a half months. We’ve been told by some people that the Balakot area is being reconstructed by Pakistan to show that a school is being run there, so that people can be taken there and be shown that no terror camp existed there,” he said.

Those abusing Modi on the air strikes are helping Pakistan with their statements, he said.

The prime minister was speaking at the event that was beamed across the country at 500 places where gatherings of BJP workers, professionals, chowkidars (watchmen), traders, farmers among others will listen to Modi and interact with him through video-conferencing.

“I could take the decision on Balakot because I have faith in my armed forces. I gave them a free hand because I have confidence in their discipline that they can do no wrong,” Modi said.

“… we have been suffering due to terrorism for the last 40 years. Who commits this sin, where is the remote control, everybody knows it. Where are the masters of the terrorists sitting is known. They come and kill and go,” he said.

Modi said Pakistan has started opening its airspace after the air strikes, believing that he is busy with elections.



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