Strategic relevance of Balakot air strikes is resolve of political leadership to punish perpetrators of terrorism: IAF Chief
IAF jets struck at a JeM camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 earlier this year, days after a terror attack on CRPF convoy in Jammu Kashmir’s Pulwama which claimed the lives of around 40 CRPF personnel.
New Delhi: The strategic relevance of Balakot air strikes is the resolve of the political leadership to punish the perpetrators of terrorism, Air Chief RKS Bhadauria said on Tuesday.
In his Air Force Day message, the Air Chief said, “The strategic relevance of this (Balakot air strikes) is the resolve of the political leadership to punish the perpetrators of terrorism. There is a major shift in the government’s way of handling terrorist attacks.”
Air Force Chief: Indian Air Force is grateful for nation’s trust&confidence in us & the support provided. On behalf of all air warriors, I assure the nation of our sacred resolve, defending the sovereignty of our skies&safeguarding our national interest at all cost. #AirForceDay pic.twitter.com/v3nU3JfLNb
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Stressing that the present security environment in the neighbourhood is a case of serious concern, the Air Chief said Pulwama attack is a stark reminder of the persistent threat to defence installations.
Earlier, the Chiefs of three services paid floral tributes at the national war memorial on the occasion of 87th Air Force Day.
Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates 87th anniversary on #AirForceDay2019 at Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria present at the event. pic.twitter.com/w6GQLTJlKB
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“On February 26 this year, the IAF successfully struck terrorist camps located at Balakot. On the next day, the IAF successfully thwarted Pakistan Air Force’s attempts to attack our military establishments. In the aerial engagement that followed we shot down a PAF F-16 fighter aircraft and lost a MiG-21,” the IAF chief said in his remarks during Air Force Day press conference on October 4.
IAF jets struck at a JeM camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 earlier this year, days after a terror attack on CRPF convoy in Jammu Kashmir’s Pulwama which claimed the lives of around 40 CRPF personnel. (ANI)