Guwahati, Mar 5 : With the chorus demanding death toll in Balakot air strikes rising in the home front, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today claimed that the figure will be known sooner or later.
"Some leaders of other political parties are questioning how many terrorists were killed (in the Balakot air strikes). Sooner or later, it will become clear how many terrorists were killed," he said, inaugurating a state-of-the-art border surveillance system along the Indo-Bangla border in Dhubri district of Assam.
He further said, "The hearts of the people of Pakistan, their leaders know how many were killed."
"Should our Indian Air Force soldiers have gone back and counted how many were killed. Kya tamasha hai (what is this drama)," Singh questioned, cautioning the Opposition that “politics should not be done this way”.
Hitting out at the Congress, Singh said, "If Congress wants numbers, I would like to tell them to go to Pakistan and count and ask their people how many have been wiped out."
The Union Home Minister also cited an NTRO report that stated that 300 mobile phones were active in the region where the attack was carried out prior to the bombings.
"Were these phones used by trees or people," he questioned.
Paying tribute to the martyred CRPF soldiers in the Pulwama terror attack, Singh said it had triggered the IAF action in Balakot, in which the IAF had entered Pakistan and carried out the strikes.