Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed victory against the terror suspects in this morning’s surgical attack that the IAF carried out strikes at Jaish terror camp, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday pledged to uphold the country’s honour.
“It is such a moment that we should salute our Bravehearts, bow to them. I assure you that the nation is in safe hands,” PM Modi told a gathering of ex-servicemen in Rajasthan’s Churu.
The government had, hours earlier confirmed that the IAF’s Mirage-2000 jets had carried out a strike across the Line of Control. It was widely seen as a punitive action for the Pulwama terror attack carried out by Jaish terrorists about a fortnight earlier.
“I won’t let this country down,” said PM Modi, recalling that he had pledged to protect the country’s best interests back when he came to office in 2014.
“I vow that I will not let the nation be erased, I will not let the nation stop, I will not let the nation bow down,” said PM Modi.
The swift and precise air strike that destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed’s camp has been welcomed across the political spectrum. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was among the first to tweet: “I salute the pilots of the IAF.”
India has taken a series of steps to build pressure on Pakistan following Pulwama terror attack. India withdrew the most favoured nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan in 1996, hiked tariff by 200 per cent on imports from Pakistan and also decided to construct hydel projects to stop India’s share of water from flowing to Pakistan.
The death of more than 40 Indian soldiers on 14 February in a suicide attack has ended any hopes of a thaw in the immediate future. India has blamed Pakistan-based militant groups for attack – the deadliest targeting Indian soldiers in Kashmir since the insurgency began three decades ago.
India has said it will take “all possible diplomatic steps” to isolate Pakistan from the international community.
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