Oppn hail IAF, BJP says people trust Modi

New Delhi: India’s pre-emptive strikes on terror camps in Pakistan were hailed today by leaders of various political parties, with the BJP asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political will has made the difference while Congress chief Rahul Gandhi lauded the Indian Air Force.

“Every Indian who had the pain and anguish of the martyrdom of our forces is greatly relieved and delighted this morning. Salute to the Air Force for a meticulous operation. Our forces are world class anyway. It is the political will of our PM and team that made all the difference,” BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said.

Amid speculation over terror camps in whether Balakote in PoK or the one in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provice were targeted, Madhav tweeted that it was the latter.

“By the way no doubt about which Balakot it was; it is the one in Manshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he tweeted.

Lauding the pilots of the Indian Air Force after air strikes on Pakistan, Rahul tweeted, “I salute the pilots of the IAF.”

The Congress also tweeted, hailing the role of the Indian Air Force in keeping Indians safe with its consistent and determined effort.

BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javdekar told reporters that people of Indian stood solidly behind their armed forces as he described the IAF strikes as an act of great valour. People have faith in Modi’s leadership, he said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also hailed the Indian Air Force (IAF) for carrying out air strikes in Pakistan.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan.”

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today said the strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force on JeM camps is a ‘totally new ball game’ as it was first time that air power was used during peace time to hit terrorist targets in the neighbouring country.