Bollywood megastar Salman Khan has reacted to the Indian air strikes in Pakistan Balakot in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The Indian government has said that air strikes were hugely successful as destroyed the key terrorist base of the Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Reacting to the news, Salman tweeted thanking the Indian Air Force. He wrote, “Respect @IAF_MCC Indian Air Force… Jai ho !!!”
Respect @IAF_MCC Indian Air Force… Jai ho !!!
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) February 26, 2019
Incidentally, Jai Ho was Salman’s film, released in 2014.
The Indian Air Force jets on Tuesday had carried out unprecedented air strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. According to reports, as many as 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation that dropped 1000 Kg bombs on terror camps across the LOC at around 3 am on Tuesday, completely destroying it.
Pakistan has denied the Indian claims adding that its Air Force was able to thwart the Indian operations. Congress President Rahul Gandhi too had tweeted congratulating the Indian Air Force.
Two eye witnesses in Balakot had told the BBC that they heard loud explosion as if an earthquake had hit the region. One eye-witness Mohammed Adil had said, “It was around 3 am when we heard a frightening sound. It was as if an earthquake has hit. We couldn’t sleep through the night. 5-10 minutes later, we came to know that an explosion has rocked the area. One of my relatives got injured and his house damaged.”
Speaking to reporters, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said that it was a non-military preemptive strike by India. He had said, “Credible intelligence was received that Jaish-e-Mohammed was attempting other suicide attacks in various parts of the country and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.”