India's forces now do not hesitate to cross border to counter terror: Rajnath Singh
On the Balakot airstrikes anniversary, Rajnath Singh saluted the Indian Air Force for its unmatched bravery and courage exhibited during the operation and said that “we do not hesitate to cross the border to protect India against terrorism”.
On the first anniversary of the Balakot airstrikes on camps of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that India's approach in dealing with terrorism has undergone a major change as its armed forces now do not hesitate to cross the border to protect the country against the menace.
A fleet of Indian Air Force aircraft had bombed the terrorist training camp inside Pakistan on February 26, 2019 to avenge the killing of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.
In a series of tweets, Rajnath Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi in "bringing a change in India's approach against terrorism & our ways to counter terror".
I thank the Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi for bringing change in India’s approach against terrorism & our ways to counter terror. The Surgical Strikes of 2016 and Balakote Air Strikes of 2019 are testimony to this change. This is certainly a New and Confident India in making.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) February 26, 2020
I salute the @IAF_MCC for its unmatched bravery and courage exhibited during Balakote air strikes. Our government led by PM Shri @narendramodi has adopted a different approach from earlier governments. Now we do not hesitate to cross the border to protect India against terrorism.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) February 26, 2020
India today celebrates the first anniversary of Balakote airstrikes. It was a successful counter terror operation launched by the fearless @IAF_MCC air warriors.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) February 26, 2020
With the success of Balakote air strikes India has clearly demonstrated its strong will against terrorism.
Former chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Marshal BS Dhanoa, on Wednesday described the Balakot strike as a “paradigm shift” in Indian military operations, ANI reported.
“Basically, it’s a paradigm shift in the way we conduct our operations. The other side never believed that we could carry out a strike inside Pakistan to take out a terror training camp that we successfully carried out,” he said.
“One year has gone past and we look back with satisfaction. We have learnt a lot of lessons, a lot of things have been implemented after Balakot operations.”
“After Balakot air strike, there was no major terrorist attack throughout the Indian elections because they were scared that we will respond again in the same manner or even more devastatingly,” the former IAF chief said.
A day after the Balakot airstrikes, Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force Abhinandan Varthaman, who was flying a MiG 21 as part of a sortie, trespassed into enemy territory during a dogfight to chase a Pakistani F-16 that had crossed over to India. Varthaman's MiG 21 was shot down by Pakistan and he was captured only to be released 60 hours later.