Early on Tuesday, ANI reported that the Indian Air Force carried out a surgical strike with 12 Mirage 2000 jets. It was an operation to drop 1,000-kilogram bombs on what were reportedly terrorist launchpads across the Line of Control. The operation has allegedly led to the "complete destruction" of the terrorist camp in Balakot sector of Pakistan.
The operation comes amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the 14 February suicide bombing attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, which killed 40 troopers.
Reactions applauding the efforts of IAF Pilots are doing rounds on the internet. Bollywood celebrities also took to social media and praised the IAF for their operation.
Ajay Devgn, who is a co-producer of Total Dhamaal, condemned the Puwlama terror attack and withdrew the release of his film from Pakistan. He appreciated the efforts of IAF Pilots and used strong words to express his sentiments.
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) February 26, 2019
Abhishek Bachchan and Sonakshi Sinha also praised the operation in precise yet clear words.
नमस्कार करते हैं। 🙏🇮🇳 — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) February 26, 2019
Jai Hind! 🇮🇳 — Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) February 26, 2019
Anupam Kher took the opportunity to appreciate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) February 26, 2019
Salute to the daredevil IAF pilots who braved to strike in the heart of our enemy. It's time for all Indians to stand united as one.🇮🇳🙏 #IndiaStrikesBack #JaiHind — Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) February 26, 2019
So proud of the Indian Air Force for the precise and befitting reply to reach the perpetrators a lesson. 👏🏼 🇮🇳. This is a new age India. Jai Hind #istandwiththeforces #IndiaStrikesBack #Surgicalstrike2 https://t.co/uLxNE3AV0z — Aftab Shivdasani (@AftabShivdasani) February 26, 2019
Respect @IAF_MCC Indian Air Force... Jai ho !!!
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) February 26, 2019
Rannvijay Singha was most vocal about the situation
— Rannvijay Singha (@rannvijaysingha) February 26, 2019
What an explosive morning ! As india celebrates ! I salute the 12 bravehearts for meting out justice for our Pulwama boys ! Our Neighbours often complain of being victims of terrorism themselves .. they need to thank us . 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 Jai Hind.
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) February 26, 2019
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) February 26, 2019
A salute to the Indian Armed Forces. Jai Hind 🇮🇳
— Shruti Seth (@SethShruti) February 26, 2019
Salute to the #IndianAirForce for their indomitable spirit in keeping our country safe! Let us all pray for their safety. Jai Hind 🇮🇳
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) February 26, 2019
Swara Bhasker who has always been vocal about her opinions on social media, took to Twitter to express her views
Salute to the our armed forces.
Jai Hind. 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) February 26, 2019
Our 12 return safely home after wreaking havoc on terrorist camps in Pakistan. India is proud of its heroes. I salute their valour.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) February 26, 2019
जय हिंद ... जय हिंद की सेना !! 🇮🇳 Respect @IAF_MCC
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) February 26, 2019
BRAVO INDIA 🇮🇳👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) February 26, 2019
— AMRITA RAO (@AmritaRao) February 26, 2019
Extremely proud of our #IndianAirForce. Salutes to the brave pilots of IAF🇮🇳
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) February 26, 2019
— Emraan Hashmi (@emraanhashmi) February 26, 2019
A TRULY BEAUTIFUL GOOD MORNING. THANKS @narendramodi SIR AND BRAVEHEARTS OF OUR ARMY . JAI HO . 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) February 26, 2019
— Zoya Singh Solanki (@sonamakapoor) February 26, 2019
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Updated Date: Feb 26, 2019 16:27:54 IST