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Men and women on ground are our pride: PM Modi after inspecting airbase

Modi spent about 90 minutes at the air base during which he was briefed about the attack and security measures put in place at the facility in its wake.

By: Express News Service | Pathankot | Updated: January 10, 2016 3:51:32 am
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Praising the “bravery and determination of our men and women on the ground”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Pathankot airbase Saturday and expressed “satisfaction” over the “tactical response” of the security forces in eliminating the terrorists who attacked the IAF facility.

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At the airbase, the Prime Minister was briefed about the attack and the security measures put in place in its wake. Accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Modi was briefed by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and National Security Guard officers. Sources said the presentation included maps, aerial pictures and operational photographs. Army chief General Dalbir Singh and chiefs of the NSG and BSF were also present.

The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted about his visit: “Noted with satisfaction the decision-making & its execution, the considerations that went into our tactical response. Also noted coordination among various field units. Lauded bravery & determination of our men & women on the ground. They are our pride.”

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Modi went around the airbase and was shown the cache of weapons and ammunition recovered from the slain terrorists. He also went to the Military Engineering Service yard where the terrorists were first engaged by security forces.

He later undertook an aerial survey of the forward positions along the Indo-Pakistan border.

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In New Delhi, the Congress said the Prime Minister’s visit to the airbase had been relegated to a “photo op”. AICC communication department chief Randeep Surjewala told reporters: “Need of the hour is to ensure action by Pakistan against Jaish-e-Mohammad, a through review of internal security safeguards and affixing responsibility for security lapses. We hope Modiji will inform the nation about action taken on these issues.”

[with PTI inputs]

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