It was just 10 days ago that Sachin Tendulkar was among the star attractions at the Vayu Shakti 2019, where he experienced the might of the Indian Air Force in front of his eyes. On Tuesday, as the force showed its power on the battlefield by demolishing Pakistan terror bases in retaliation to the Pulwama attack, the legendary cricketer’s joy knew no bounds.
Master Blaster saluted the IAF with the words ‘Jai Hind’ and wrote that ‘Our niceness’ should never be comprehended as ‘our weakness.” He tweeted, “Our niceness should never be comprehended as our weakness. I salute the IAF, Jai Hind .”
The strike was carried out by 12 Mirage 2000 fighters of the Indian Air Force. Sachin had witnessed the aircraft's display at the Vayu Shakti. He had shared pictures of the event on Twitter.
The Indian Air Force struck and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps across the Line of Control in a pre-dawn operation on Tuesday, February 26. As per sources, the strike, carried out by 12 of the IAF's Mirage 2000 fighters, lasted up to 21 minutes, and was carried out at three locations.
The strike on Pakistani terror launchpads comes just short of two weeks after the heinous Pulwama terror attack in which a suicide bomber in an explosives-laden car targeted a CRPF convoy. 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred in the attack for which the Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility shortly afterwards.
In the days following the attack, the Indian government, including the Prime Minister and the Home Minister, have made clear that the Armed Forces had been given a free rein to avenge the attack.