Hours after the government confirmed India's air strikes on terror targets across the Line of Control, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a rally in Rajasthan's Churu: "I assure you, the country is in safe hands."
PM Modi also said: "I pledge on this soil, I will not let the country die, I will not let the country stop, I will not let the country bend. It is my promise to Mother India, I will protect your honour."
India carried out "non-military, pre-emptive air strikes" across the Line of Control early this morning to target the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which was planning more attacks in the country after the one in Pulwama, the government said on Tuesday.
IC-814 hijacker Yousuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, was among some 300 terrorists killed in the Indian Air Force strike at around 3:30 am.
Twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets dropped 1,000 kg bombs on the camp at Balakot, a facility in a thick forest around 80 km from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, which was the hub of training for suicide attackers.NDTV.