PM vis­its air­base, sur­veys bor­der

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aseem Bassi & Vi­nay Dhin­gra let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PATHANKOT: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day made a hush-hush visit to the Pathankot air­base and also did an aerial sur­vey of the Pak­istan bor­der through which ter­ror­ists are be­lieved to have in­fil­trated to mount the at­tack on the strate­gic de­fence in­stal­la­tion.

The Op­po­si­tion Congress, how­ever, termed the visit a mere “photo-op” com­ing as it did eight days af­ter ter­ror­ists stormed the air­base that left seven In­dian se­cu­rity per­son­nel dead dur­ing the 84-hour siege. All the six ter­ror­ists were also killed.

Fol­low­ing the visit, Modi ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the “tac­ti­cal re­sponse” to the fi­day­een strike. “Noted with sat­is­fac­tion the de­ci­sion-mak­ing & its ex­e­cu­tion, the con­sid­er­a­tions that went into our tac­ti­cal re­sponse,” Modi said in a state­ment tweeted by the Twit­ter han­dle of the PMO.

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