Politicians, Businessmen, Actors React To Balakot Air Strike
“IAF also means India’s Amazing Fighters,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Twitter.
India’s politicians, businessmen and actors—along with the rest of the nation’s twitterati—lauded the Indian Air Force and the government for eliminating Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp in Balakot in an air strike in the wee hours today.
This comes after the United Nations-recognised terrorist group carried out a suicide bomb attack in Pulwama, Kashmir, killing 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force.
Here’s what they had to say:
Ode To The Air Force
Congress President Rahul Gandhi saluted the Indian Air Force in a tweet.
So did Naveen Patnaik, chief minister of Odisha...
Omar Abdullah, former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir, pointed out that India has entered a whole new paradigm of defence with the Balakot air strike. However, he cautioned that it was time for both the countries to resolve the dispute with “cooler heads”.
A number of firsts from Balakote, the two most obvious are the first time air power has been used to strike in side Pakistan during peace times (last time in 1971 was during war) & first time visible, acknowledged use of force to preempt a perceived terror strike.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 26, 2019
JeM hit Indian forces & claimed the attack. In turn Indian forces hit JeM & owned that air strike. Itâs now time for cooler heads to prevail. War is never an ideal option to resolve disputes. Letâs go back to the India-Saudi joint statement of last week.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 26, 2019
President of AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, said that though he expected this action two-three days after the Pulwama attack, he welcomes it and stands with the government.
A Owaisi: Was expecting this sort of response within 2-3 days after Pulwama blast. Welcome this. We stand with govt. Though Foreign Secy called it non-military action,it's a step I was expecting govt will take long time back. I hope govt will now go after Masood Azhar&Hafiz Saeed pic.twitter.com/eYgHAfrt7c— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has postponed his fast for the full statehood of Delhi, in a show of unity.
In view of prevailing Indo Pak situation, I am postponing my upwas for full statehood of Delhi. We all stand as one nation today.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2019
Here are the other reactions:
IAF also means India's Amazing Fighters. Jai Hind— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 26, 2019
Congratulations to our brave air force for a brilliant operation across the LOC.— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) February 26, 2019
Great job by the #IndianAirForce. The #IAFStrikes have sent the much needed signal to Pakistan and the terrorists itâs harbouring - donât think you can get away with acts like the #PulwamaAttack. Bravo to the #IAF men and my full support for the action.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) February 26, 2019
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