Rajnath Singh salutes IAF on 2nd anniversary of Balakot air strikes

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NEW DELHI: On the second anniversary of Balakot air strikes, defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday saluted the exceptional courage and diligence of the

Indian Air Force

(IAF) and said "the success of strikes has shown India's strong will to act against terrorism".
"On the anniversary of Balakot Air Strikes, I salute the exceptional courage and diligence of the Indian Air Force. The success of Balakot strikes has shown India's strong will to act against terrorism. We are proud of our

Armed Forces

who keep India safe and secure," the defence minister tweeted.

On the anniversary of Balakot Air Strikes, I salute the exceptional courage and diligence of the Indian Air Force.… https://t.co/jwfl46u50R

— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) 1614309020000

On February 14, Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) targeted a CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway near Pulwama in South

Kashmir

killing 40 CPRF personnel.
Days later IAF launched an air-strike on a JeM camp in Balakot in

Pakistan

's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
The air-strike was launched in the early hours of February 26 and Pakistan's efforts to launch an offensive the next day to target Indian military installations in Jammu and Kashmir was thwarted by an alert IAF.
In the dogfight, Wing Commander

Abhinandan Varthaman

, flying a MiG-21 Bison fighter plane and chasing Pakistani jets, crossed over to PoK where his aircraft was shot down. He was taken into custody by Pakistan. India also shot down a Pakistani fighter jet.

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