At IAF conference, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman praises air strikes
An IAF spokesperson quoted her saying this in her address to the force’s top brass at a biannual commanders’ conference here.Updated: Apr 11, 2019 23:24 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday praised the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the “flawless execution” of the February 26 air strike on a terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot and thwarting the Pakistani response the following day.
An IAF spokesperson quoted her saying this in her address to the force’s top brass at a biannual commanders’ conference here.
Sitharaman said the IAF proved its mettle in Exercise Gagan Shakti (2018) and Vayu Shakti (2019) and it reflected in the successful Balakot strike and the dogfight the next day, according to an IAF release.
She said the actions and conduct of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir after he ejected as his MiG-21 was hit, reflected the high standards of training in the IAF. Pakistan released him on March 1. The strike was carried out after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the February 14 car bomb attack that left 40 paramilitary troopers dead in Pulwama.
First Published: Apr 11, 2019 23:23 IST