NEW DELHI: Leading opposition parties on Wednesday lauded the ''pre-dawn, pre-emptive and non-military airstrikes'' carried out by the Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force on a terror camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan's Balakot in which a large number of terrorists were eliminated in the process.
The leaders of at least 21 political parties, which met this evening, expressed "deep anguish" over the "blatant politicisation of sacrifices" made by the Indian military and attacked the ruling BJP over not concerning them over the fast-paced developments in last few days.
"National security must transcend narrow political considerations," the leaders of 21 opposition parties said in a joint resolution passed at a meeting.
The opposition sought to know as to why an all-party meeting was not conducted by the government to discuss all issues related to national security.
The joint resolution adopted by the opposition parties condemned the dastardly Pulwama terror attack by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed on February 14.
The opposition leaders also paid homage to the CRPF martyrs and expressed solidarity with the armed forces in crushing the menace of terrorism.
The opposition leaders, however, expressed concerns over the present security situation and the safety of one MiG 21 pilot who went missing after the IAF fighter jets chased and reportedly shot down one of Pakistani aircraft, which violated India's airspace and made an unsuccessful attempt to target Indian military installations.
A joint statement issued by the opposition parties said, ''The meeting of leaders of 21 political parties condemned the dastardly Pulwama terror attack by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed on 14th February 2019. The meeting paid homage to our martyrs and expressed solidarity with our Armed Forces in crushing the menace of terrorism.''