Arafat Hasan of DOT
India carried out air strikes on an alleged Jaish-e Mohammed terror camp across the line of control yesterday, just 12 days after the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.
While an Indian Cabinet Committee on Security confirmed the strikes, messages of support flowed in from opposition leaders since morning with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi being the first.
“I salute the pilots of the IAF,” he tweeted. His party too, lauded the Air Force, underscoring its role in keeping the people safe.
“We salute the @IAF_MCC for their consistent & determined effort to keep Indians safe. Jai Hind,” the Congress posted on its official Twitter handle.
National Conference chief Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Wow, 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.”
12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets had dropped around 1000 kg laser-guided bombs on what is reported to be a training camp of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which claimed responsibility for the attack in Pulwama.
The strike was “100 per cent successful” and went exactly as planned, NDTV reported, adding that terror camps and control rooms of the Jaish were hit.
Support for the armed forces came from across the board.
On February 14, a suicide bomber drove an explosive-filled mini-van into a 78-vehicle convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Forty CRPF men had died in the blast that followed.
Amid the huge public anger in the aftermath of the blasts, the government had promised action. -Source: NDTV, Hindustan Times