India celebrates the first anniversary of Balakote airstrikes

Today is the first anniversary of Balakot strike carried out by the Indian Air Force. On this day last year, Airstrikes were conducted during the wee hours on terror launch pads located in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Paktunkhwa province. A large number of Jaish-e-Mohammed, JeM terrorists, trainers and Jihadis who were being trained for Fidayeen attacks, were eliminated by the Indian Air Force.

The retaliation came after a convoy of vehicles carrying CRPF personnel was attacked by JeM suicide bombers in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on 14th February last year in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred. During the airstrike, Indian Air Force destroyed the biggest terror training camp of JeM at Balakot. Indian Air Force Mirage-2000 fighter jets crossed the India-Pakistan border to attack terror camps. The bombing of Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Balakot by Indian Air Force marked a paradigm shift in the way India conducts anti-terror operations.

Addressing a public rally at Churu in Rajasthan on the same day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reassured that the country is in safe hands.

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