Islamabad: Pakistan Army spokesperson Asif Ghafoor on Thursday spoke about defence minister Rajnath Singh, who has been facing heat for performing 'Shastra Puja' after receiving the first Rafale fighter jet in France, saying, "Nothing wrong in Rafale Puja as it goes by the religion."
Nothing wrong in #RafalePuja as it goes by the religion and that must be respected.
Please remember....it’s not the machine alone which matters but competence, passion & resolve of the men handling that machine.
Proud of our PAF Shaheens.#PAFtheMenAtTheirBest
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) October 10, 2019
The remarks come at a time when tensions between the two South Asian neighbours are at an all-time high. Centre's action to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir did not go down well with Pakistan.
Singh on 8 October, received the first of the 36 French-built Rafale fighter jet in the French port city of Bordeaux and performed 'Shastra Puja' (worship of weapons) on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami.
He emblazoned the Rafale aircraft with an 'Om' and laid flowers, coconut and lemons to ward off the evil eye.
Following the event, Singh received a lot of flak on social media and also from the Congress party for conducting the puja. Senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge described Singh performing Shashtra Puja as "tamasha". Congress leader Udit Raj also raised objections saying the day "superstition" ends in India, the country will start making its own fighter jets.
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Updated Date: Oct 11, 2019 11:10:59 IST