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IAF hit the target in Balakot; we don't count kills: Air Chief BS Dhanoa

Air Chief said it was up to the goverment to calculate the number of casualties in the strike

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa

Speaking on air strikes carried out by (IAF) across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan, Air Chief Marshal on Monday said that the had hit the target in Balakot, otherwise why would Pakistan Prime Minister have responded. "If we dropped bombs in the jungles, then why would he respond?", said Dhanoa. He further added saying, "Death toll depends on the number of people present in the target, doesn't count the number of dead", said the chief. "IAF is not in a position to clarify the number of casualties. The government will clarify that. We don't count human casualties, we count what targets we have hit or not", clarified Dhanoa. Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said that MiG21 used in shooting down Pakistan F-16 is an upgraded aircraft with advanced weapons system and the casualty figure in air strike on camp will be given by the government.

When asked when IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be back his fighter jet cockpit, IAF chief Dhanoa said, "Whether he (Wing Commander Abhinandan) flies or not depends on his medical fitness.

That's why post-ejection, he has undergone a medical check. Whatever treatment required, will be given. Once we get his medical fitness, he will get into fighter cockpit," he said.

All required treatment will be given to Wing Commander Abhinandan, Dhanoa said.

The Air Force, Dhanoa said, has to get its act together and find out what caused the mid-air clash ahead of the opening of the Bengaluru air show on February 19 and helicopter crash in Kashmir last week.

First Published: Mon, March 04 2019. 13:08 IST
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