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Surgical strike 2.0: Ministers, Opposition leaders laud IAF pilots for striking terror targets in PoK

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, ministers in the government and many more have applauded the Air Force's move to attack terror camps in PoK.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi has saluted the pilots of Indian Air Force (IAF) after the reports of bombing across the Line of Control (LoC) surfaced on February 26.

The IAF’s 12 Mirage 2000 jets on the intervening night of February 25-26 bombed several terror camps across LoC and completely destroyed it, news agency ANI said citing IAF sources. The fighter jets dropped 1,000 kilogram bombs on terror camp at 3.30am, the news agency said.

Even though any the government is yet to give its comments on the strike, reactions started pouring in with ministers and leaders in opposition parties hailing the move.

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Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party Convenor Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan”.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called it “wow”, and added “if this is true this was not a small strike by any stretch of imagination but will wait for official word, should any be forthcoming.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was proud of Indian army. In his reaction on the report, the CM said, “We have told Pakistan that our martyrs’ sacrifice will not go waste. I am an Indian and I feel proud today. I am waiting for more information, but I feel proud of what information I have got till now.”

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The Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat praised the reported IAF strike and said “yeh Modi ka Hindustan hai, ghar mein ghusega bhi aur maarega bhi” (This is Modi’s Hindustan, it will intrude in house and kill)

Leader of Opposition in Bihar Tejashwi Yadav, tweeted,” We salute bravery of our pilots and Air Force. We are blessed and proud of our forces. Jai Hind.”

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar hailed the reported air strikes, saying the entire nation stands firmly behind the armed forces. "It was a necessary step required for the security of the country ... it was an act of maha parakram (mightily act)," he was quoted as saying in a PTI report.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee  hailed the Indian Air Force (IAF) for carrying out air strikes in Pakistan. "IAF also means India's Amazing Fighters. Jai Hind," Banerjee tweeted.

Punjab Chief Minister also lauded the IAF. In a tweet, the CM said: “Great job by the Indian Air Force. The IAF Strikes have sent the much needed signal to Pakistan and the terrorists it’s harbouring - don’t think you can get away with acts like the Pulwama attack. Bravo to the IAF men and my full support for the action.”

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge congratulated the IAF for the air strike at JeM camp across the LoC. "We've always said that whatever action the forces take for protection of this nation, all of us will support them in unity, they are taking action against the terrorists in Pakistan," Kharge told ANI.

Makkal Needhi Maiam President Kamal Haasan tweeted," Our 12 return safely home after wreaking havoc on terrorist camps in Pakistan. India is proud of its heroes. I salute their valour."

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First Published on Feb 26, 2019 10:48 am
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