Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday complimented the Indian Air Force for its rapid deployment of assets at forward locations in response to the border row with China in eastern Ladakh, saying its Balakot strike and the current combat readiness have sent a strong message to “adversaries”.
In an address to the top commanders of the IAF on the opening day of a three-day conference, the defence minister said the nation’s resolve to defend its sovereignty stands firm and that the people of the country have full confidence in the capability of its armed forces.
Singh also talked about the “professional manner” in which the IAF conducted the air strikes deep inside Pakistan’s Balakot last year and appreciated the force for its proactive response in bolstering its operational capabilities over the past few months.
“He stated that the professional manner in which IAF conducted the air strikes in Balakot as well as rapid deployment of IAF assets at forward locations in response to the prevailing situation in eastern Ladakh has sent a strong message to the adversaries,” the defence ministry said in a release.
He said the nation’s resolve to defend its sovereignty stands firm on the faith its people have in the capability of its armed forces. Singh also mentioned the ongoing efforts to de-escalate tension along the Line of Actual Control and urged the IAF to stand ready to handle any eventuality.