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Afternoon briefing: Revanth Reddy doubts Balakot airstrikes; Pak leader praises Kejriwal's bail, and more

May 11, 2024 01:03 PM IST

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Telangana chief minister Revanth Reddy on Friday questioned the authenticity of the Balakot airstrikes, becoming the latest leader from the Congress party and the larger opposition, to doubt the February 2019 action on Pakistan's soil by the Indian Air Force (IAF). “Nobody knows for sure if the airstrike, as was claimed, took place. If the responsibility of ensuring the country's internal security was with us (Congress), we wouldn't have left it in anyone's hands,' Reddy said at a press meet. The Congress leader accused Prime Minister Modi and the BJP of trying to reap “political benefits” from the Pulwama attack and the retaliatory strikes by the IAF. Dig deeper

Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy (ANI)
Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy (ANI)

Ex-Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry, who has been frequently commenting on the Lok Sabha elections in India, on Friday reacted to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's release from Tihar jail. After Kejriwal walked out of jail following the Supreme Court's interim bail, Chaudhary said Prime Minister Narendra Modi lost another battle. The Pakistan leader further lamented the rule of law situation in the Islamic nation saying that the civil society, bar associations, media organisations, and human rights organisations have completely sat down. "As a result of the historic stand of the judges of Islamabad, the judiciary has stood up, the problem is civil society, bar associations, media organizations, human rights organizations have completely sat down. The future of the Rule of Law is at stake," he said in another X post. Dig deeper

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That’s all we have at this hour in our afternoon briefing. Catch you in the evening.

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