As news got confirmed of Indian Air Force having carried out strikes on Jaish-e-Muhammad site inside Pakistan, the polity stood united in praise for the Indian armed forces.
While a confirmation of the strikes came only after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, messages of support flowed in from opposition leaders since morning.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi set the ball rolling in the morning, tweeting, “I salute the pilots of the IAF”.
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.”
It was said that dozen 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, sources told NDTV. Terror camps and control rooms of the Jaish were hit.
Support for the armed forces came from across the board.
Bihar Leader Tejashwi Yadav tweeted: We salute bravery of our pilots and Air Force. We are blessed and proud of our forces. Jai Hind
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “IAF also means India”s Amazing Fighters. Jai Hind”.
Likewise, Arvind Kejriwal stated I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan
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.