On Tuesday early morning, India woke up to the news of Indian fighter jets crossing the LoC to carry out 'non-military, pre-emptive air strikes' and destroying the biggest terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's camp in Pakistan.
Bollywood celebrities took to their social media handle and lauded the armed forces for the strike that comes almost 12 days after a horrifying terror attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Kashmir’s Pulwama.
Actors including Ranveer Singh, Madhuri Dixit, Madhur Bhandarkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Paresh Rawal, among others, tweeted feeling proud.
Here's what Ranveer Singh wrote: "Jai Hind 🇮🇳 @IAF_MCC [sic]"
Prime Minister on Tuesday said: "Manavta ke dushmano se dharti ko bachane ke liye prabhu ki shakti hamare saath hamesha rahti hai. Yahi sandesh hum poori pramankta ke saath dusht atmaon, asuron ko dene ka prayas kar rahe hain (Divine power is always with us to take on the enemies of humanity. This is the message we are striving to give to evil spirits and demons)," the prime minister said."
On February 26, the Indian government announced the success of the second surgical strike on Pakistan based terrorist camps following the one in 2016. The Indian Air Force struck and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps across the Line of Control in a pre-dawn operation. 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 — Balakot, Chakothi and Muzzafarabad.
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. As per media reports, six bombs were dropped on the terrorist camps by the Indian Air Force Mirage 2000s. A number of key terrorists were targeted through this attack, which included Maulana Talha and Ibrahim Azhar - brothers of terror outfit's chief Masood Azhar - as well as JeM chief's brother in law, Yusuf Azhar - mastermind of 1999 IC-814 plane hijacking. Sources have said that 245 terrorists were neutralized from this operation.