The cabinet committee on security met on Tuesday morning after reports of the Indian Air Force carried out pre-dawn airstrikes across the LoC. Though no official statement was made after the meeting, Union Minister for HRD Prakash Javdekar said ‘PM gave the Armed forces the freedom to attack. Indian Air Force has taken the necessary step for the security of the nation, entire country stands with forces.’
The air strikes reportedly destroyed major launch pads of the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, which was behind the February 14 Pulwama terror attacks. The initial reports suggest that the air strikes decimated Jaish-e-Mohammed’s Alpha 3 Control Rooms located in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. More than 10 bombs were dropped by the multi-role fighter jet Mirage 2000 at around 3:30 am on Tuesday morning. The aerial attack comes day after Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a high-level meeting with all three service chiefs.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a high-level CCS meeting in New Delhi to deliberate upon the Pulwama terror attack that killed at least 40 CRPF jawans on Thursday.
Here’s how the political leaders reacted to the air strikes-
🇮🇳 I salute the pilots of the IAF. 🇮🇳
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 26, 2019
ये मोदी का हिंदुस्तान है, घर में घुसेगा भी और मारेगा भी,
Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC and Completely destroyed it
एक एक क़तरा ख़ून का हिसाब होगा !ये तो एक शुरुआत है .. ये देश नहीं झुकने दूंगा…#Balakot #Surgicalstrike2 pic.twitter.com/fqYJgWxuqX
— Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (@gssjodhpur) February 26, 2019
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 26, 2019
I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2019
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) February 26, 2019
IAF also means India’s Amazing Fighters. Jai Hind
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 26, 2019
I salute the Indian Air Force and indeed all our Armed Forces. Congratulations @IAF_MCC
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) February 26, 2019
Hail the efforts of Indian Air Force.
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) February 26, 2019
जैश आतंकियों आदि के खिलाफ पीओके में घुसकर भारतीय वायुसेना के बहादुर जाँबाज़ों की साहसिक कार्रवाई को सलाम व सम्मान। काश हमारी सेना को फ्री हैण्ड बीजेपी की सरकार पहले दे देती तो बेहतर होता।
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) February 26, 2019
Great job by the #IndianAirForce. The #IAFStrikes 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 #PulwamaAttack. Bravo to the #IAF men and my full support for the action.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) February 26, 2019
In the war of right & wrong,
You can not afford to be neutral,
The war against terror outfits is spot on…
Bravo Indian Air Force @IAF_MCC
Jai Hind 🇮🇳
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) February 26, 2019