New Delhi: Twitter and other social media platforms erupted and enthusiasts engaged in a nasty war of words after Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000 warplanes bombed the biggest terror camp in Balakot, a place close to Pakistan Army base Abbottabad. In a non-military, pre-emptive surgical strike, India killed over 300 terrorists camping in the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) hideout in the early hours of Tuesday. The strike came 12 days after the Pulwama terror attack that martyred 40 CRPF jawans. Also Read - Pakistani Man Arrested For Attacking Sikh Shrine in England
As the news spread, people started celebrating the courageous action by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the political leadership. Twitter was flooded with congratulatory messages for the IAF from all quarters. However, there were some nasty exchanges as well. In one such exchange, noted journalist and former IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir, Shah Faesal, who quit the civil service recently, engaged in a war of words, differing on the surgical strike 2.0. Also Read - CREDAI Seeks Urgent Support For Realty Sector in Letter to PM Modi
Another Twitter user joined the conversation with a different take,
Mocking Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s congratulatory tweet for the IAF pilots who carried out the strike, Madhu Kishwar wrote “If INC had been in power, Indian Air Force would not have gotten this opportunity to show their might, @RahulGandhi. Aren’t U going to demand from IAF proof of these strikes? Poor you!, Your call for help to Pakistan to help you bring Modi down has really backfired on you.”
In another thread, Madhu Kishwar and Waheed-ur-Rahman engaged in fiery conversation.
Hashtags #Surgicalstrike2, #IndiaStrikesBack, #IndianAirForce
etc. started trending with some unpleasant exchanges and congratulatory messages.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people that the nation is in safe hands and he would not let the country down at a rally in Rajasthan’s Churu after the air strike.