The Chief of Army staff was interacting with the media in after reviewing the passing-out parade of 264 trainees, comprising midshipmen and cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and 10 international cadets.
Although the Pakistani attack on the day following the Balakot strikes by IAF was thwarted by the Air Force air defence fighters, it was felt that presence of air defence units in the area could have caused more damage to the Pakistanis
In an interview to a private news channel aired on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he relied on his 'raw wisdom' to dispel doubts of defence experts who wanted the air strikes to be deferred due to inclement weather.
Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was a leader of the Jan Sangh, the former avatar of BJP, had complimented Indira Gandhi for the success in the Bangladesh Liberation War
Referring to the February 26 Balakot air strike and the 2016 cross-border strikes, he said: "Today India goes into Pakistan and does surgical strike. Was this possible earlier? India today goes into the enemy’s house and does air strike to eliminate them. Who made this possible? Who made it possible?"
Aviation International News also mentioned the training aspects of the aircraft. Tucked away in the report was a telling sentence: “The first batch of pilots trained for Qatar in November 2017 were Pakistani exchange officers.”
PM Narendra Modi will kick-start Lok Sabha election campaign from Jammu on Thursday where the pro-India sentiment, which can be construed as nationalism runs counter to the pro-Azaadi, pro-Pakistan, pro-jihad sentiment in Kashmir.
Chairman of the Overseas Indian National Congress, Sam Pitroda questioned the death toll in the Balakot airstrike conducted by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack.
The reason why the meeting was not held in New Delhi, where it was originally planned before the Pulwama terror attack was to send a clear message to Pakistan that there was no bilateral dialogue taking place between both countries in the present situation.
Government sources said there was no offer of any mediation by any country to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan even though Islamabad was reaching out to several foreign governments for such a role
Rahul Gandhi's attack on the Modi government on national security comes amid an escalating war of words between the BJP and the Congress over India's air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan and the Pulwama terror attack.