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Balakot strike anniversary: Ministers, BJP salute IAF

The Balakot strike was the first attack by India on Pakistani soil since the 1971 war

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Friday marks the second anniversary of the Indian Air Force's air strike on a terrorist training camp at Balakot in Pakistan in retaliation for the Pulwama suicide bomb attack earlier in February 2019.

The Balakot air strike, carried out by Mirage 2000 fighters, was the first attack by the Indian military on Pakistani soil since the 1971 war.

Ministers of the Union government lauded the Indian Air Force for the operation. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, "On the anniversary of Balakot Air Strikes, I salute the exceptional courage and diligence of the Indian Air Force. The success of Balakot strikes has shown India’s strong will to act against terrorism. We are proud of our Armed Forces who keep India safe and secure. @IAF_MCC."

Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, “Today in 2019, by @IAF_MCC responding to the Pulwama terror attack, New India had re-clarified its policy against terrorism. I remember the brave martyrs of Pulwama and salute the valour of the Air Force. Under leadership of Narendra Modi, the security of the country and our soldiers is paramount.”

The BJP also tweeted about the Balakot air strike anniversary. “We salute our Air Warriors who conducted the successful Balakot Air strikes on 26th Feb, 2019, and scripted a glorious chapter in India’s military history. The message was loud and clear that our nation’s enemies are not safe wherever they may hide. It’s a New India!” the BJP tweeted.

BJP Delhi unit spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga used the opportunity to target West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. "When we are celebrating #BalakotAirStrike we don't have to forget West Bengal CM who raised question on Indian Air Force and asked for Proof. Didi be ready, West Bengal patriotic Public will give you proof in next 60 days," Bagga tweeted.

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