Balakot anniversary: Robust response to Pak terror attacks, says IAF chief


Srinagar: Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria said that the message to Pakistan is clear that there will be a robust response to terror attacks from across the border.

The Balakot airstrike was carried out by the IAF last year on this day.

The Air Chief told the media that it will no longer be a status quo. If there is an attack orchestrated from across the border there will be a robust response, he said.

Bhadauria flew a sortie in MiG-21 of 51 Squadron with two Mirage-2000s and Sukhoi-30MKI from Srinagar airbase to mark the completion of one year of Balakot airstrikes.

Last year, on this day, Indian Air Force carried out air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot, targeting Jaish-e-Muhammed’s (JeM) terror training camps. A day after Balakot airstrikes, the IAF foiled Pakistan Air Force retaliation in which India’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, while piloting a MiG 21, shot down Pakistan’s F-16.


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