Balakot airstrike: Defence Minister praises IAF for unmatched bravery on first anniversary
Recollecting the series of events on the first anniversary of Balakot air strike, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that India’s approach in dealing with terrorism has undergone a major change as its armed forces now do not hesitate to cross the border to protect the country.
In a series of tweets posted from his twitter handle the Minister wrote, “I thank the Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi for bringing change in India's approach against terrorism & our ways to counter terror. The Surgical Strikes of 2016 and Balakote Air Strikes of 2019 are testimony to this change. This is certainly a New and Confident India in making.”
Another tweet by him read, “I salute the @IAF_MCC for its unmatched bravery and courage exhibited during Balakote air strikes. Our government led by PM Shri @narendramodi has adopted a different approach from earlier governments. Now we do not hesitate to cross the border to protect India against terrorism.”
It was on this day, last year that a fleet of Indian Air Force aircraft bombed a terrorist training camp deep inside Pakistan to avenge the killing of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.
A Jaish-e-Mohammed vehicle-borne suicide bomber – identified as 22-year-old Adil Ahmad Dar - crashed into a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying the jawans in the Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. The convoy was transporting over 2500 CRPF jawans from Jammu to Srinagar and came under the attack on National Highway 44.