Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reiterated that he will not let the country down. Addressing a rally in Rajasthan’s Churu district, PM Modi sang few lines of Prasoon Joshi’s song – “I would like to repeat what I said in 2014 I pledge on this soil, I will not let the country die, I will not let the county stop, I will not let the country bend. It is my promise to Mother India, I will protect your honour. (Saugandh mujhe is mitti ki Main desh nahin mitne dunga, Main desh nahin jhukne dunga…Sogand mujhe is mitti ki)” he said.
Referring to the Indian Air Force’s air strike across the Line of Control (LoC) in which three camps of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed was destroyed, PM Modi said that the nation is in safe hands. “Today the mood of the people looks different. Today is a moment, we should bow our heads in front of the armed forces. From the land of Churu, I would like to tell the country that India is in safe hands,” he said.
He said there is nothing more important than the nation. “Your pradhan sewak is working because for us India comes first. We are moving ahead with sentiments of Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan”, PM Modi said in his first public address after IAF strike on Pak.
“I can understand your josh (excitement) today. Every Indian will win. won’t let anything threaten India. At this moment, we have to bow down and honour the Pulwama martyrs,” he added. Talking about the National War Memorial (NMW), which was inaugurated by him on Monday, PM Modi said that it has been dedicated to the nation after 70 years of independence. “70 years after independence, for our brave martyrs who laid down their lives, a national war memorial was dedicated yesterday,” he said.
India on Tuesday sent a strong message to Pakistan after the Indian Air Forces struck the terror bases across LoC with 12 Mirage 2000 Aircrafts carrying 1000 kgs of bomb. The strike came after PM Modi’s repeated warning to the ‘terror-backing’ country of a 'befitting response' for the attack that martyred 40 CRPF soldiers.
The surgical strike was confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi on Tuesday. In a brief statement issued to media, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale spoke about ‘intelligence operation.’
“In an intelligence lead operation in the early hours today, India struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commander and Jihadis were eliminated,” Gokhale said. “Credible information was received that JeM was attempting other attacks in the country. A pre-emptive strike became important. India struck the biggest camp of JeM in Balakot,” Gokhale added.