Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told the audience in Rajasthan that the country was in safe hands in the wake of the Indian air strikes deep into Pakistan. Addressing an election rally in Churu, Modi did not mention today’s air strikes directly but made enough references to the covert operation carried out by the Indian Air Force while starting his speech.
He said, “I want to assure the people of this this country that the country is in safe hands.” This prompted the crowd chant ‘Modi, Modi’ as the prime minister stood in front of a huge poster carrying the photos of those CRPF jawans, who were killed in the 14 February terror attack in Pulwama.
He said, “I swear by this soil, I will not let this country bend, stop or destroyed. This is my pledge to Mother India that I will not let her bow her head to others. My country is waking up and every Indian will win.”
His comments hours after the Indian Air Force carried out air strikes deep into Pakistan as they destroyed training camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot.
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. However, two eye witnesses in Balakot had later said that they had heard loud explosions early in the morning. According to them, the explosion was so loud that they felt as if an earthquake had hit the area.
Modi had earlier chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security before flying to Rajasthan.