2 years of Balakot: Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah lead tributes to Indian Air Force

Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Union house minister Amit Shah on Friday saluted the Indian Air Force because the nation noticed two years of the IAF’s strike on a Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM) camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.

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“On the anniversary of Balakot Air Strikes, I salute the exceptional courage and diligence of the Indian Air Force,” Singh tweeted, including, (*2*)

Meanwhile, Shah tweeted in Hindi, “On this very day in 2019, @IAF_MCC responded to the Pulwama terrorist attack, once again making clear New India’s policies against terrorism. I pay my respects to the Pulwama martyrs and salute the courage of the IAF. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the safety of our nation and soldiers is paramount”

At the time of the terrorist assault, and India’s subsequent retaliation, Singh was the Union house minister whereas Shah was the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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On February 26, 2019, India had woken up to the information of IAF’s strike on a Jaish camp in Balakot. The strikes had been carried out within the early hours of the day in retaliation to the Pulwama suicide assault on February 14 during which greater than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel had been killed when a suicide bomber rammed his automobile into their convoy. JeM later claimed duty for the assault.

A day after India’s motion, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) launched retaliatory airstrikes of its personal as the 2 sides engaged in aerial warfare for the primary time in years. While the Indian Air Force shot down an F-16 of the PAF, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan after his fighter was shot down, and was later launched. Varthaman was later honoured with the Vir Chakra on India’s Independence Day for taking pictures down the F-16.

India and Pakistan, who’ve fought 4 wars with one another and have come shut on a number of events, introduced on Thursday that they’d began strictly adhering to a ceasefire alongside the Line of Control (LoC) from midnight of February 24.

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